Vladimir Putin on Monday took oath of office in Kremlin on Monday for a fourth term as Russia’s president.
The former KGB agent, has ruled Russia as prime minister or president for more than 18 years.
He walked alone through the red-carpeted Kremlin corridors and into a hall packed with about 6,000 invited, cheering guests.
In a short speech, Putin said his focus had now turned to domestic matters and improving Russia’s economy for the “well-being of every family”.
“The security and defense capabilities of the country are reliably supported,” he told the audience of government ministers, lawmakers, religious leaders and celebrities.
“Now we will use all the possibilities we have first of all for the resolution of internal, and most essential, tasks of development”.
“A new quality of life, well-being, security and health for the people, that is what is important today.”
Putin won re-election in March with nearly 77 percent of the vote, the largest margin for any post-Soviet leader.