The ceremony of inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place in the St. Andrew Hall in the Grand Kremlin Palace on Monday.
On Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the final program of the inauguration ceremony had been almost determined and would be similar to the traditional one.
The inauguration ceremony usually begins with the arrival of the president, his passage through the ceremonial halls to the Andreyevsky Hall where the president will take the oath of office.
Putin’s third inauguration took place on May 7, 2012. About 3,000 people were invited to attend the ceremony, including members of the Russian government, State Duma lawmakers and members of the Federation Council.
The Russian government will resign following the inauguration and Putin will then have a right to submit a candidacy for the post of prime minister.
Peskov said it was the president’s “exclusive prerogative” to decide when to submit it.
Putin was re-elected on March 18 with 76.69 percent of the vote. This will be his fourth term in office.
Vladimir Putin will ascend a massive, 66-step stairway and pass through many historic rooms in the Kremlin before his inauguration ceremony. RT offers you a sneak preview of the lavish halls where the ceremony will take place.
RT’s Igor Zhdanov got into the gilded halls of the Kremlin, walking the same route Putin is set to take ahead of his presidential inauguration, scheduled for May 7. The ceremony will be held at the first floor of the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Russia’s president will walk through the historic halls, which were restored to their former glory in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union. The president will be sworn in at the great Andreevsky Hall, the former throne room of Imperial Russia. Following the 33-word presidential oath, Putin’s new term will start officially.