Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia's new president
POSTED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 8:34am
NBC News — Vladimir Putin was sworn in monday as Russia's new president. This is Putin's third term, he has ruled Russia since 2000, first as president and then during the past four years as prime minister due to term limits. His new, now six-year term, will keep him in power until 2018 with the option of running for a fourth term.
Despite unprecedented security measures in Moscow, several thousand opposition activists tried to protest along the route Putin's motorcade took him to the Kremlin. Dozens were detained. After taking the oath of office Putin pledged to dedicate his term to democracy.