» 05/04/2012, 00.00
Putin returns to Kremlin, opposition ready for challenge
On 7 May, the inauguration of new president will be broadcast live on TV by six channels. The day before the opposition will return to the streets for the first time since March. But the numbers may not be the same.
Experts: a new Politburo to lead Russia
According to the report of a leading Russian think tank, the 'tandem' structure no longer exists. In its place, a group of eight people representing different interests and the balance of which is the guarantor of President Putin.
Putin returns to Kremlin, opposition returns to streets
The former KGB agent wins the presidential election with 64% of the vote but has great challenges ahead: Demands for democratic reforms and the spectre of economic crisis.
Arrests and scuffles mark newly elected President Putin’s first day
The opposition rally in Moscow ends with 250 detentions, including the blogger Navalny. All released within hours. The movement promises to return to the streets "until victory"; next gatheringMarch 10 in Moscow.
Navalny loses the election for mayor of Moscow, but cries victory
The anti-Putin blogger draws thousands of people to the streets after a vote he deems rigged. He gets more votes than expected, upsetting the Kremlin. "We now know how to overturn the system of power."
Kirill celebrates four years as patriarch, Kremlin calls for greater influence of the Church on society
Marking the anniversary Putin meets the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and calls on the country to rid itself of a "primitive and vulgar" conception of secularism. Medvedev acknowledges a "special relationship" between church and state in Russia.
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