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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Grand Inaugural Set

MOSCOW () -- President Boris Yeltsin, whose sweeping powers have drawn comparisons with the autocratic rule of Russia's pre-revolutionary tsars, will revive some of the old imperial traditions when he is inaugurated next month.


Yeltsin has chosen to be sworn in for his second term on Cathedral Square in the Kremlin, where generations of tsars were crowned, and he will be invested with a title hitherto reserved for his royal predecessors. Some 3,000 invited guests will be on hand.


"During the inauguration the president should be given the symbol of presidential power -- the Order for Services to the Fatherland First Class," deputy Duma speaker Alexander Shokhin said, according to Interfax. Orders used to be awarded automatically only to the tsars. Others had to earn them through service or military merit.