Vladimir Putin is due to be sworn in for a fourth term as president of Russia on Monday after winning the election in March.
He has been in power for 18 years, whether as president or prime minister, and opponents have likened his tenure to the reign of a tsar, or emperor.
Riot police confronted protesters against his rule in Moscow and other Russian cities as There have been fears of new unrest  as he takes office.
Report says The inauguration at the Kremlin in Moscow is likely to be lower-key than in 2012 though Mr Putin is only expected to meet volunteers who took part in his election campaign.

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