Inauguration Ceremony Part 1
May 7, 2000
The Great Kremlin Palace, Moscow.
Церемония вступления Владимира Путина в должность Президента России
7 мая 2000 года
Москва, Большой Кремлевский дворец.
Approximately 1,500 people have been invited to the ceremony in the Kremlin: 448 State Duma deputies, 175 members of the Federation Council, 19 Constitutional Court judges, representatives of the Government and other federal agencies, as well as ambassadors and other diplomats.
Duration 1 hour
A podium has been set up for President Vladimir V. Putin in the Andrew Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace.
The National Flag of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Standard are brought into the hall. Flag-bearers from the Honor Guard of the Presidential Regiment march down the aisle from the Vladimir Hall through the Alexander hall to the podium in the Andrew Hall. The flag-bearers uniform includes tall military caps like the kind worn during the War of 1812 as a symbol of the heroism of the Russian army, the countrys defender at all times. The uniforms, like all the elements of this ceremony, are rich with meaning.
The soldiers of the Honor Guard bring in the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Emblem.
This special copy of the Constitution, as well as the Emblem and Standard, are the insignia of presidential power. President Yeltsin also took his oath of duty to the Russian people on this copy of the Constitution.
The motorcade of the newly elected President approaches the Great Kremlin Palace. At the entrance, the Kremlins commandant, Lieutenant-General Sergey V. Strygin, awaits the Presidents arrival.
Lieutenant-General Sergey V.STRYGIN:
Comrade President of the Russian Federation, commandant of the Moscow Kremlin Lieutenant-General Strygin!
Vladimir V. PUTIN:
I wish you good health, Comrade Lieutenant-General, sir!
Vladimir V.Putin enters the Andrew Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace.
Alexander A. VESHNYAKOV, chairman of the Central Elections Commission:
Esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovirch, esteemed guests, esteemed citizens of the Russian Federation!
On this grand occasion, allow me, on behalf of the Central Elections Commission, to declare that on March 26, 2000, in strict accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the federal law on presidential elections in the Russian Federation, an early election of the President of our country took place with a sufficient voter turnout and was deemed valid. A total of 57,181,071 voters of the registered number of 109,372,000 voted in the election. Of those, 39,740,434, meaning more than half the participating voters, voted for candidate Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
On the basis of this showing of the will of the citizens of the Russian Federation and in accordance with the law, the Central Elections Commission has declared the presidential election valid. The commission has resolved to declare Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin the President of the Russian Federation.