Vladimir Putin took the oath of office to begin his third term as Russia's president on Monday, returning to the job after sitting out four years as prime minister. Outside the Kremlin, the streets were empty, as police hauled away opposition activists who were attempting to thwart the president's inauguration. Putin tried to defuse public anger with a series of decrees, vowing to eliminate waiting lists for nursery schools, and promising all Russians access to new housing every 15 years.
Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, tonight gave his strongest hint yet that he is pondering a comeback that would see him return to the Kremlin as president in 2012. More on Vladimir Putin ... Read Post
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin confirmed over the weekend that they plan to swap jobs next year, just as they did in 2008 when the constitution barred Putin from serving a third consecutive term ... Read Post