“We will win together,” Putin tells Russians during his inauguration

“We will get through this difficult period with dignity and become even stronger,” assured the Russian president, saying “to look forward with confidence,” according to an AFP journalist present on site.

“We will determine the destiny of Russia by ourselves and only by ourselves, for the good of current and future generations,” he further underlined in a speech also broadcast on all Russian television channels. of state.

The outcome of the offensive launched by his army on February 24, 2022, however, still seems uncertain, and many challenges have emerged, between the consequences of Western sanctions, high inflation and the departure abroad of hundreds of thousands of Russians. opposed to the conflict.

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The Russian president deemed a discussion with the West “on issues of security and strategic stability” “possible”, but “only on an equal footing, respecting the interests of each”.

Vladimir Putin also considered “sacred” the duty to lead Russia, a country of more than 140 million inhabitants.

“It is a great honor, a responsibility and a sacred duty,” he declared under the auspices of the Andreyevsky Hall in the Kremlin, before going to pay his respects in one of the cathedrals adjacent to the great palace, in the center -city of Moscow.

The leader, at the head of Russia for almost a quarter of a century, finally praised “stability”, a central argument put forward by the Kremlin for several years to justify the Russian president’s policy and notably the absence of tolerated opposition in the country.

His fifth term should see him stay in power at least until 2030, but after a constitutional revision adopted in 2020, Vladimir Putin can, if he wishes, stay in power for six more years, until 2036, the year of his 84 years old.

In this family photo distributed by Russian state agency Sputnik, guests arrive at the inauguration ceremony of Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 7, 2024. – AFP
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Navalnaïa reacts

Exiled opponent Yulia Navalnaïa described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “liar, thief, murderer” a few minutes Tuesday before the start of the inauguration ceremony in the Kremlin.

“Our country is led by a liar, a thief, a murderer, but this will inevitably end,” Ms. Navalnaïa said in a video posted on social media.

“With him at the helm, our country will have no peace, no development, no freedom,” she added, referring to the large-scale attack launched by the Russian army against Ukraine.

“This war is bloody and senseless and no one wants it, except Putin,” said Yulia Navalnaïa.

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“His promises are not only empty, they are misleading. This has been going on for 25 years. It will be the same this time,” asserted the opponent in this video of approximately six minutes.

“With each of his mandates, the situation only gets worse and it is frightening to imagine what will happen as long as Putin is in power,” said Ms. Navalnaïa, citing in particular the “several hundred political prisoners in Russia who endure inhumane conditions.”

“We must ensure that no one in the world believes Putin, neither in Russia nor beyond its borders,” Ms. Navalnaïa also said.

On February 16, 2024, her husband, Alexeï Navalny, main critic of Vladimir Putin, died in prison in the Arctic under unclear circumstances.

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