Vladimir Putin visits Yekaterinburg
The newly elected president invited Igor Kholmanskikh, an employee at the Uralvagonzavod plant, to accompany him on the trip to the Sverdlovsk Region. Kholmanskikh talked with the president about the working conditions at the plant and the general quality of life for his fellow factory workers, Kremlin.ru reports.
Before the meeting on defense industry development, Vladimir Putin met with the Uralvagonzavod workers' committee. The workers' committee was created in December as the first workers' committee in support of Putin's presidential bid. The Uralvagonzavod committee was part of a larger organized movement of workers' groups across the country called In Defense of the Working Man. The political movement was created to organize workers' groups and provide political representation to some 27 million laborers across Russia.
Putin was sworn in as president for a six year term on Monday, and Russia's lower house of parliament confirmed Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister on Tuesday.
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