Presidential Inaugural Address
delivered 7 May 2008, The Kremlin,
Russia, dear friends:
I have just taken
the oath of the President of the Russian Federation. This oath is given to me by
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.
It is for this
reason that I consider it my greatest duty to continue to develop civil and
economic freedom and to create the broadest new opportunities for our people to
realize their full potential as free citizens responsible for their personal
success and for the prosperity of our entire country.
It is these
citizens who create the nation’s greatest worth and who are the source of
strength of a state that today possesses the resources it needs and a clear
understanding of our national interests.
I want to assure
all of our citizens today that I will spare no effort in my work as President
and as someone for whom Russia is my home and my native soil.
Over these last
eight years we have laid a solid foundation for long-term construction, for free
and stable development in the decades to come. We must make full use of this
unique opportunity to turn Russia into one of the world’s best countries; best
in providing its people with comfort, confidence and security in their lives.
This is our strategy and this is the goal that will guide us in the years ahead.
I am fully aware
of just how much still needs to be done to make our state truly just and caring
towards its citizens and provide the highest possible living standards so that
more and more people can swell the ranks of the middle class and gain access to
good education and healthcare services.
We are committed
to innovation in all areas of life, to developing cutting-edge production,
modernizing our industry and agriculture, creating big incentives for private
investment and generally making every effort to help Russia firmly establish
itself as a leader in technological and intellectual development.
particular importance on the fundamental role of the law, which is the
cornerstone of our state and our civil society. We must ensure true respect for
the law and overcome the legal nihilism that is such a serious hindrance to
A mature and
effective legal system is an essential condition for economic and social
development, supporting entrepreneurship and fighting corruption. But it is no
less important for increasing Russia’s influence in the international community,
making our country more open to the world and facilitating dialogue as equals
with other peoples.
supremacy of the law is only possible if people feel safe in their lives. I will
do everything I can to ensure that the safety of our citizens is not just
enshrined in the law but is genuinely guaranteed by the state.
These tasks I
have named call for day-to-day cooperation with all the responsible political
forces in our society, with all the institutions of civil society and with the
parties and the country’s regions.
I hope that
cooperation between our country’s different religious faiths and social and
ethnic groups will continue to strengthen peace and harmony in our common home.
Our country’s present and future depend on it.
Dear friends! You
can understand what profound emotion I feel at this time. I am very conscious of
the weight of responsibility that will fall upon my shoulders, and I count on
our work together.
I give my sincere
thanks to President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for the unfailing personal
support I have always received from him. I am sure that this will not change.
Life and the
march of history place us before fundamentally new and even more complex tasks.
But I am sure that our country and its hardworking and talented people are
entirely up to these tasks.
My duty now is to
serve our people every day and every hour, and do everything possible to give
them a better life, success and confidence in the future, in the name of the
continued rise and prosperity of our beloved homeland, our great Russia.
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