400 Arrested as Putin Returns

    President elect Vladimir Putin walks to be sworn in during his inauguration ceremony as Russia's new president in St. Andrew's Hall of the Kremlin in Moscow on Monday, May 7, 2012. Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as Russia's president for a third term after four years as prime minister. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

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    Hundreds of opposition protesters were detained in Russia Monday as Vladimir Putin was sworn in as president after serving four years as prime minister. Putin took his oath of office in a glittering former throne room in the Kremlin that included a blessing from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Outside, however, 20,000 people rallied in a demonstration against the former KGB spy that turned violent when protesters and police fought with batons and flagpoles. “Putin has shown his true face, how he ‘loves’ his people—with police force,” said Dmitry Gorbunov, a 35-year-old computer analyst involved in the protests.

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