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Putin sworn in as Prez amid protests

Last Updated: Mon, May 07, 2012 19:32 hrs

Vladimir Putin took the oath as Russia’s president on Monday with a ringing appeal for unity at the start of a six-year term in which he faces growing dissent, economic problems and bitter political rivalries.

Parliament is expected to approve to his ally Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister on Tuesday, completing a job swap that has left many Russians feeling disenfranchised. Outside the Kremlin’s high red walls, riot police prevented protests by rounding up about 300 people.

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