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In Photos: Vladimir Putin Assumes The Presidency In Russia

As we've reported, Vladimir Putin's return to Russia's presidency was fraught with drama. But a disputed parliamentary election and many unprecedented protests later, Putin took the oath of office for a third time today.

Putin took the oath amid protests. The New York Times reports 300 were detained, following the round up of 400 detained after a surprisingly large anti-Putin demonstration popped up on Sunday.

We'll leave you with some pictures that tell the story of today.

Russia's Vladimir Putin enters St. Andrew's Hall to take the oath of office during his inauguration as Russian president in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Tuesday.
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Russia's Vladimir Putin enters St. Andrew's Hall to take the oath of office during his inauguration as Russian president in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Tuesday.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila speak with Russian Orthodox Church head, Patriarch Kirill, during a service at Blagoveshchensky (the Annunciation) cathedral after Putin's inauguration ceremony. Putin took his oath of office today to become Russia's president for a historic third mandate at a glittering ceremony inside the Kremlin.
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila speak with Russian Orthodox Church head, Patriarch Kirill, during a service at Blagoveshchensky (the Annunciation) cathedral after Putin's inauguration ceremony. Putin took his oath of office today to become Russia's president for a historic third mandate at a glittering ceremony inside the Kremlin.

Alexei Navalny, a prominent anti-corruption whistleblower and blogger, holds an issue of <em>Time</em> <em>Magazine</em>, with his photograph, as he stands behind bars in a prison after he was detained in Moscow on Sunday.
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Alexei Navalny, a prominent anti-corruption whistleblower and blogger, holds an issue of <em>Time</em> <em>Magazine</em>, with his photograph, as he stands behind bars in a prison after he was detained in Moscow on Sunday.