Moscow — Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s president for a fourth term on Monday, extending his almost two-decade rule by another six years at a time of tension with western rivals. The 65-year-old, in power since 1999, is on course to becoming the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin after his victory in March’s elections. The car that brought him to the inauguration was a black Russian-made limousine — a change from previous ceremonies when he used a Mercedes-Benz. Putin promised to use his fourth term to improve Russian living standards and revitalise the country’s economy. "People will live better. We need breakthroughs in all spheres of life. I am deeply convinced that such a breakthrough can only be achieved by a free society that accepts everything new and progressive and rejects injustice," Putin said at the swearing-in ceremony. 'Duty to Russia'' "I consider it my duty and my life’s aim to do everything possible for Russia, for its present and for its fu...

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