Russia’s Vladimir Putin was sworn in as president on Monday for a fourth term, extending his power for another six years.
He is already Moscow’s longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin.
The election of Putin as president comes as relations with the west are increasingly strained and the country has seen a crackdown on opposition groups.
Putin has been in power for 18 years during which time he has annexed Crimea from Ukraine and backed Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
On Saturday, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was barred from challenging Putin in the election, called on Russians to stage a day of rallies across the country.
Navalny was arrested along with more than 1,600 protesters.