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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a protest rally ahead of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration ceremony, Moscow Anti-Putin activists detained ahead of presidential inauguration
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  More than 1000 anti-Kremlin activists detained during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration
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  More than 1000 anti-Kremlin activists were<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-protests/russian-opposition-leader-and-activists-held-before-putin-inauguration-idUSKBN1I60BJ"> detained on May 5 during street protests</a> against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration.
  The group included opposition leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny">Alexei Navalny</a> who had called for demonstrations in more than 90 towns and cities across Russia.
  Navalny lead his supporters in chants before being detained in central Moscow.
  In March, Putin won a fourth term in Russia's presidential elections in a <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/news/picture/putin-wins-landslide-re-election-in-russ-idUKRTS1O5ZA">landslide victory</a>, securing another six years in power. It will be the last term he is allowed under the current rules of the Russian constitution.
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  He took more than 75 percent of the vote, according to exit polls (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/18/vladimir-putin-wins-russian-election-with-more-than-70-of-vote-exit-poll">The Guardian</a>, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/18/europe/vladimir-putin-russian-election-2018-results-intl/index.html">CNN</a></em>), expanding his time as leader to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">nearly a quarter century</a>.
  Though there were <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-look-at-the-8-candidates-in-russias-presidential-election/2018/03/16/963a5d44-2925-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.fa6ff3703296">eight candidates on the ballot</a>, Putin's rivals trailed far behind his 80 percent approval rating (<em>Washington Post</em>). Prior to the vote, the result was <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/03/economist-explains-13">not in question</a>, reported <em>The Economist.</em>
  Putin's victory comes on the back of an international standoff between Russia and Britain over the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/09/espionage/how-nerve-agent-attack-could-be-a-new-chapter-in-kremlins-playbook-experts/54186/">poisoning of a former Russian double agent on UK soil</a>. While the British government has said that Moscow is responsible for the attack the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing.
  The president, who is <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/14/putin-quietly-becomes-longest-serving-russian-leader-since-stalin/?utm_term=.ee3e2739a061">the longest-serving leader since Communist Party leader Josef Stalin</a> <em>(Washington Post)</em>, has carved a public image of himself as a fierce defender of Russia's national interests against hostile Western governments.
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