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Sunday, 7 May, 2000, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
In Pictures: Putin's big day
Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, has been sworn in during a lavish ceremony at the Kremlin's majestic Great Palace. He became Russia's second democratically-elected president.

Putin in ceremony
Vladimir Putin was inaugurated with Boris Yeltsin at his side

Putin oath
With one hand on the Constitution, Mr Putin promised to defend Russia's independence and serve the people

Cannons
Cannon fired in salute, while President Putin took the oath of office

Church square
An impressive parade in the grounds of Moscow's Kremlin

Yeltsin and Putin
"Take care of Russia": Boris Yeltsin accompanied his successor throughout the ceremony

Imperial uniforms
Soldiers of the Kremlin guard in 19th-Century uniforms bore the presidential flag

Wreath
Laying a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin

Putin and wife
Vladimir Putin and his wife Ludmila attended a service in the Annunciation Cathedral in the Kremlin

Patriarch, Putin
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II (left) has shown much support for Mr Putin who is frequently seen in church




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