Vladimir Putin to take office for fifth time tomorrow

Moscow/New Delhi, May 6 (UNI) Russian President Vladimir Putin will take office for the fifth time tomorrow, with his new six-year presidential term lasting until 2030.

The inauguration will begin at 12.00 Moscow time and will last about an hour, with the event being broadcast on Russian channels like “Channel One”, “Russia 1”, NTV and other channels.

Putin, who was re-elected with 87 percent of the vote, will be driven to the Grand Kremlin Palace in a luxury car ahead of the inauguration. The state flag, the presidential standard, the Russian Constitution, and the presidential sign: a golden cross with the coat of arms of the Russian Federation on a chain will be solemnly brought into the main hall.

On the reverse side of the cross is a round medallion, around the circumference of which is the motto “Benefit, Honor and Glory.” It has been used in inauguration ceremonies since 1996, when Boris Yeltsin took office.

After this, Putin will enter the St. Andrew’s Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace – where the inauguration has been held since 2000 – where guests and guardsmen of the presidential regiment are at that moment.

During the ceremony, the president will place his hand on the Constitution and takes the oath of office. Its text is contained in Art. 82 of the Basic Law: “When exercising the powers of the President of the Russian Federation, I swear to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of man and citizen, to observe and defend the Constitution of the Russian Federation, to protect sovereignty and independence, the security and integrity of the state, to faithfully serve the people.”

Afterwards, according to tradition, the president will address the citizens with a short speech.

Next, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court will inform the newly elected president about the official assumption of office, presenting him with the standard and badge of the president. The Russian anthem will be played in the hall, and the standard will be raised above the Kremlin, a Russian Embassy statement said.

The ceremony will end with an artillery salute on Cathedral Square. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ will hold a prayer service in the Annunciation Cathedral of the Kremlin.

On April 17, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the inauguration in 2024 will be held as standard, but there will be “small nuances.” He did not disclose which ones exactly, but the practice of past ceremonies shows that they can differ in both duration and number of guests.

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