MOSCOW, May 7 (Itar-Tass) — A ceremony on the occasion of the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as newly elected President of the Russian Federation (RF) is to begin in the Grand Kremlin Palace at noon here on Monday, a Kremlin press service official told Itar-Tass.
"About 3,000 people have been invited to be present at the ceremony. These are members of the Government of the RF, Members of the State Duma and the Federation Council, Constitutional Court Justices, and officials of other Federal state power bodies," the press service official pointed out.
"Presidential campaign officials, representatives of the electoral headquaters of presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, other candidates who participated in the 2012 presidential election campaign, the heads of diplomatic missions, clergy, scientists, cutlure and art people, and public figures have been invited to be present at the ceremony," the Kremlin press service official said.
The ceremony will begin with a farewell speech to be made by incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev before the Presidential Regiment in the Cathedrals Square of the Kremlin.
The presidential oath of office is to be taken in St Andrew Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace where incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev will hand over the symbols of presidential power to President-elect Vladimir Putin.
Putin will then take an oath of office, after which Valery Zorkin, Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, will announce the assumption of the Office of President of the RF by Vladimir Putin, the press service official said. Then the control of the Strategic Nuclear Forces of Russia will be transferred to Vladimir Putin as Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Amed Forces of the RF.
At the close of the ceremony, the Presidential Regiment, which marks its 76th jubilee on Monday, will be introduced to Vladimir Putin in the Square of Cathedrals on the occasion of his assumption of the Office of President of the RF.