Russian dictator ‘inaugurated’ for fifth term as president

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during the 'inauguration' on May 7
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during the 'inauguration' on May 7
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Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has been “inaugurated” for his fifth presidential term, the country’s propaganda agency RIA Novosti reported on May 7.

Putin has been leading Russia since 2000. He was elected president in 2000 and 2004. Both terms lasted four years. After four years as prime minister under President Dmitry Medvedev, Putin became president for the third time in 2012. At that time, the term of office of the Russian president was extended to six years. In 2018, he was elected president for the fourth time.

In 2020, Russia adopted constitutional amendments that allowed Putin to run for president twice again.

Earlier, U.S.-funded Radio Liberty reported that representatives of six European Union member states would attend “inauguration,” which are: France, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Hungary, and Slovakia.

On May 5, Latvian Foreign Minister Baiba Braze ruled out sending the country’s officials to attend so-called "inauguration".

"Latvian Embassy representatives will not attend the inauguration of the head of an aggressor state, which is attacking everything we stand for,” she wrote.

“Putin is wanted for war crimes by the ICC (International Criminal Court)."

Read also: 85% of Ukrainians consider Putin illegitimate - poll

Earlier, similar intentions to ignore Putin's "inauguration" were also announced by the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Canada, the Czech Republic, and Estonia.

While the United States recognizes Vladimir Putin as Russia's President, it won't send a representative to his inauguration, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said at a May 6 briefing.

On April 25, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on EU member states and the international community not to recognize the results of sham Russian presidential election.

On April 17, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) officially declared Putin illegitimate and called on the Council of Europe and European Union member states to cease any contact with his "criminal regime.”

The sham vote held by Russia between March 15 and 17 was conducted without any political competition, "in a severely restricted environment of systemic and grave repression and during the Russian Federation’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine."

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