Vladimir Putin enters to take the oath during his inauguration ceremony as Russia's new president in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
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Vladimir Putin took the oath of office Monday for his fourth term as Russian president, promising to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country.Putin said improving Russia's economy following a recession partly linked to international sanctions would be a primary goal of next term.Although Putin has restored Russia's prominence on the world stage through military actions – including intervening in Syria's war to help President Bashar Assad – he has been criticized for inadequate efforts to diversify Russia's economy away from its dependence on oil and gas exports or to develop the country's manufacturing sector.First elected president in 2000, Putin will soon have ruled longer than Soviet Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev, whose 18-year rule from 1964 to 1982 is primarily associated with stagnation. By the time his term ends, Putin will be 71 .
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