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06/05/2000 Vladimir Putin becomes president of Russia

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March 26, 2000: Vladimir Putin Elected Russian President #TBT

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Full Video: Vladimir Putin's presidential inauguration ceremony in Kremlin

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Putin knew what to do! His first interview, 2000

Putin won the presidential election by a 53% to 30% margin, avoiding a runoff with his Communist Party of the Russian Federation opponent, Gennady Zyuganov. The inauguration ceremony was held a day later. Putin appointed the Minister of Finance, Mikhail Kasyanov, as the Prime Minister.
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