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Putin set for fourth term as president

Putin set for fourth term as president

Vladimir Putin is due to be sworn in for a fourth term as president of Russia on Monday (May 7) after winning the election in March. He has been in power for 18 years, whether as president or prime minister.

Riot police confronted protesters against his rule in Moscow and other Russian cities on Saturday, according to reports. There have been fears of new unrest on Monday as he takes office.

The inauguration at the Kremlin in Moscow is likely to be lower-key than in 2012, a news agency reports. Mr Putin is only expected to meet volunteers who took part in his election campaign, the agency says.