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Boris Yeltsin’s speech during the inauguration ceremony

“No words can describe what I am feeling now. For the first time in a thousand-year long history of Russia the President is taking his oath before the citizens of Russia. There is no honour higher than the one people render to his President; and there is no post more prestigious than the one the citizens elect.

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Dmitry Medvedev’s speech during the inauguration ceremony

“Citizens of Russia, friends!

I have just sworn the presidential oath, the oath taken before the people of Russia, and its very first lines pledge respect and protection of human rights and freedoms. It is them that our society declares the greatest value, and they determine the sense and the substance of all state policy. 

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