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In photos: Putin inaugurated for third time amid Moscow protests

Vladimir Putin begins new presidential term by formally nominating his predecessor as prime minister – the post Putin just vacated.

FORMER RUSSIAN prime minister Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as president for a third time.

The former KGB officer served two consecutive terms as president starting in 2000, and his predecessor Dmitry Medvedev changed the law which lengthened the term from four to six years.

Putin’s new term began with his formal nomination of Medvedev for the role of prime minister – the office Putin has just vacated.

Scuffles broke out between demonstrates protesting Putin’s election and police and security forces. Around 1,000 opposition activists gathered along the route Putin’s motorcade travelled to the Kremlin and some 120 were detained by police, including opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Yesterday, around 400 people were detained after thousands of protesters attempted to march towards the Kremlin amid heightened security. Riot police beat back the crowds using batons.

In photos: Putin inaugurated for third time amid Moscow protests
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    Police detaining protesters in downtown Moscow today. (AP Photo/Ivan Secretarev)
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    Police detain protesters in downtown Moscow ahead of Vladimir Putin's inauguration today. (AP Photo/Ivan Secretarev)
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    Police detain a protester in downtown St Petersburg, Russia at the same time Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president in Moscow. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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    Police detain protesters in downtown Moscow shortly before Vladimir Putin's inauguration today. (AP Photo/Ivan Secretarev)
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    Pro-Putin Nashi movement members celebrate in downtown Moscow on Monday, May 7, 2012. Posters read: Putin loves all. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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    Cannons fire a salute outside Moscow's Kremlin wall after an inauguration ceremony of president elect Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila leave a church after an inauguration ceremony at the Cathedral Square in the Kremlin in Moscow today. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)
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    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana leave Russian President Vladimir Putin's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)
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    Police form a line to close downtown Moscow shortly before Vladimir Putin's inauguration. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

- Additional reporting by the AP

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