Medvedev takes over as Russian president

05/7/2008 | Agence France-Presse

Post-Soviet Russia's third president was to be sworn into office today in Moscow with his mentor and predecessor, Vladimir Putin, looking on. Dmitry Medvedev, 42, is a lawyer by training and a bureaucrat by practice who has never held elected office. He inherits a booming economy thanks to vast energy exports, a massive nuclear arsenal, rampant corruption, and stormy relations with the West.

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