Putin Sworn in for 4th Term, Pledges to ‘Build Up Russia’s Might’ Putin Sworn in for 4th Term, Pledges to ‘Build Up Russia’s Might’ – NTK Network

Putin Sworn in for 4th Term, Pledges to ‘Build Up Russia’s Might’

Assuming he'll finish this term, the Russian president will be the longest-serving leader in the Kremlin since Joseph Stalin.

By NTK Staff | 05.07.2018 @11:16am

Russian President Vladimir Putin was sworn in for his fourth, and most likely final, six-year term on Monday, taking the presidential oath of office and pledging to “build up Russia’s might.”

In his speech to the crowd gathered in the Kremlin, Putin was careful not to praise the Soviet era as he has in the past. But he promised, in a veiled threat to the West, to continue rebuilding “Russia’s might, prosperity and glory.”

The president lamented the harsh challenges of the decades following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“Russia faced a number of dark periods and challenges, and rose like a phoenix from the ashes every time, achieving heights that seemed unattainable to others,” he said.

Putin first took power in 2000, serving two consecutive four-year terms. He left the presidency in 2008, but a Supreme Court ruling allowed the then-prime minister to seek two more terms.

If he finishes his current term, Putin will be the longest serving Kremlin leader since Joseph Stalin’s 30 years in power.

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