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Expected inauguration of Putin, more uncontested than ever in Russia

Vladimir Putin is to be inaugurated president on Tuesday for a fifth term. the head of Russia, where he enjoys uncontested power face &agrav; a crushed opposition, in the midst of a push by Russian troops on the Ukrainian front.

Nearly two months after a re-election presented as triumphant by the Kremlin, in the absence of a dissident candidacy, the Russian head of state, aged 71 and in power for almost a quarter of a century, is back at least until 'in 2030.

In 2020, he had the Constitution revised to be able to serve two additional six-year terms, i.e. until 2036, the year of his 84 ans.

Under the gold of the Kremlin and in the presence of the country's political elite and foreign representatives, including the French ambassador, the inauguration must begin at 12:00 p.m. local time (09:00 GMT) and last about an hour, according to Russian media.

Other European countries, such as Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic, have signaled that they would not send representatives, to mark their opposition to the Kremlin's policies.

During the ceremony, Vladimir Putin will take the oath before delivering a brief speech to the Nation.

Expected inauguration of Putin, more uncontested than ever in Russia

Photo broadcast by the Russian agency Sputnik of President Vladimir Putin attending a mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, May 5, 2024 © POOL – Valery SHARIFULIN

A speech which comes this year two days before the anniversary of the Soviet victory of May 9 against Nazi Germany, the celebration of which is a pillar of the power policy of Vladimir Putin, who claims to be fighting “neo- Nazis”.

– “Illusion” –

The inauguration coincides with a more favorable situation on the front for the Russian army, which had suffered humiliating setbacks in the spring and autumn of 2022, during the first months of its large-scale attack on Kiev.

In recent weeks, Russian assaults in eastern Ukraine have increased in intensity and enabled the gradual conquest of several localities, particularly in the area of ​​the key town of Avdiïvka, conquered in mid-February.< /p>

Expected inauguration of Putin, more uncontested than ever in Russia

Photo distributed by the Sputnik news agency on April 24, 2024 of President Vladimir Putin speaking during a video conference © POOL – Gavriil GRIGOROV

Opposite, kyiv's troops are lacking ammunition and recruits after their unsuccessful offensive in the summer of 2023. They are awaiting the arrival of new American aid, while the Russian defense industry is running at full capacity. .

In downtown Moscow, numerous barriers have been installed along the main thoroughfares in preparation for the inauguration and the military parade on May 9.

A ceremony that Ukraine denounced as a sham of democracy.

Ukrainian diplomacy estimated on Monday that it was intended to give “an illusion of legality” to Mr. Putin's maintenance in power which, according to Kiev, has transformed the Russia “as an aggressor state” and the regime in place “in a dictatorship”.

– Repression –

Mi -March, following a vote officially won with more than 87% of votes cast, Vladimir Putin painted the portrait of a “united” Russia behind him and his army.

The West, led by Washington, for their part denounced a forced vote, a few weeks after the death in prison in murky circumstances, on February 16, of the main Russian opponent, Alexeï Navalny.

Leading members of the Russian opposition are now in exile or in prison, as are hundreds of ordinary people who have voiced their opposition to Moscow's offensive against its Ukrainian neighbor.

The noose has also tightened against sexual minorities, already targeted by severe repression and who pay the costs of promoting “traditional values” defended by M . Putin facing a West deemed depraved.

The Russian president also overcame an attempted rebellion last year by the former leader of the group Wagner paramilitary, Evgeni Prigojine, then died in the crash of his plane.

The head of the Kremlin nevertheless faces several challenges, particularly economic, while the outcome of the conflict in Ukraine, very deadly, still seems uncertain.

Inflation, driven in particular by the explosion in the federal budget, linked to military spending, remains persistent and worries the population, whose purchasing power is already weighed down by the effect of Western sanctions.

And the Russian economy, very dependent on hydrocarbon revenues, must also negotiate a shift, claimed by Vladimir Putin, towards Asia, even if the necessary infrastructure, costly and time-consuming to build, is still lacking.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116