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Moscow : Sergei Sobyanin officially sworn into office

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, delivers a speech while new Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin listens to during an inauguration ceremony in Moscow, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff was named Thursday the Russian capital's new mayor in a move that would tighten federal control over Moscow's political scene and business interests. The appointment of Sergei Sobyanin underlined Putin's preeminence in Russian politics and would allow him to directly oversee Moscow's money flows that account for a sizable chunk of the nation's wealth. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Grigory Dukor, Pool)

MOSCOW, October 21 (KATAKAMI / Itar-Tass) — The newly-approved mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, has been officially sworn into office.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is attending the inauguration ceremony held in the White Hall of the Moscow’s city administration building.

Earlier in the day, the lawmakers from the Moscow City Duma (or legislature) voted to vest Sobyanin, a presidential nominee, with the powers of the Moscow mayor.

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