Vladimir Putin: Russian president sworn in while police attack protesters

Vladimir Putin assumed the presidency once again promising to expand civil rights and freedoms and extend participation in government. But the inaugural was punctuated with police sweeps, hundred of detentions and attacks on citizens wearing white ribbons showing opposition to Putin.-db

From The New York Times, May 7, 2012, by Ellen Barry and Sophia Kishkovsky with reporting contributed by Michael Schwirtz and Andrew Kramer.

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