President Putin to Travel to Urals

Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay his first visit after inauguration to the city of Nizhny Tagil in the Sverdlovsk Region, Urals, the Kremlin reported.

Putin will visit the Uralvagonzavod mechanical engineering company and discuss defense and industry sector development problems.

The event will involve ministers and department heads, as well as chief executives of state corporations.

Putin was inaugurated as president for a third term on Monday after a convincing victory in the March elections marred by allegations of vote fraud. He served four years as prime minister after being forced to stand down by the Constitution in 2008, but remained by far Russia’s most powerful politician.

His return to the Kremlin was met by two days of protests, including prolonged clashes between police and demonstrators in downtown Moscow on the eve of his inauguration. Putin’s opponents accuse him of corruption and a crackdown on political freedoms.


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