Moscow (AsiaNews) - Everything is ready in Moscow for what the
Russians call "inaugurazia", the inaugural ceremony with which
Vladimir Putin returns to Kremlin for the third time in 12 years. Meanwhile,
the opposition is preparing its own 'welcome' for the new president, with a
protest rally in central Moscow
on the eve of the scheduled oath.
The return of Vladimir Vladimirovich of Russia will have wide coverage with
record numbers: There will be six television channels to broadcast the ceremony
live, twice those who had followed the investiture of the president Dmitri Medvedev in 2008. The
latter will not disappear in spite of low popularity among electorate and is expected
to be officially appointed prime minister on May 8, again, in another role
reversal with his former mentor, the Russian media have called this
chess move in which the horse changes places with the king).
The arrival of the presidential motorcade at the Kremlin will shown from
different points of view along the Moskva River, the center of the capital, where
high TV camera cranes have already been placed, as well as shots from
overflying helicopters. Putin
will be sworn in and then deliver a speech in the famous hall of St. Andrew,
the former throne room of the Grand
same day, in the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Patriarch of Moscow and All
Russia Kirill, will celebrate a liturgy in his honor.
Security measures have been strengthened throughout the city center,
because on May 6, the eve of the investiture, at least two anti-government
demonstrations have been planned by the opposition movement which appears,
however, weakened by the overwhelming victory of Putin in the March presidential
and not yet capable of giving a shape to exert real pressure on the new
The first march, the so-called "march of the million", will be
merged into Balotnaja square already the scene of demonstrations this winter,
the first ever to question the authority of Putin. The
second, not authorized by the city, should take place at the Manege Square, just beneath the Kremlin.
Putin returns as head of state, but of a country that has dramatically changed
since his two previous mandates. According
to Boris Dubin, an analyst with the Levada Center in Moscow, for the moment the
Russians are ready to reconcile themselves with the new leadership, but the
first half of Putin's term (around six years) will be crucial. "If
in the next three years the major problems (corruption, justice and the gap
between rich and poor, ed) are not be resolved - warns the expert - and if the
economic crisis widens and the price of oil, is may cause serious tensions".