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President Putin's inauguration

Vladimir Putin has been in inaugurated as Russia's new president in a glittering ceremony at the Kremlin.

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What's inside Russia's nuclear briefcase?

Vladimir Putin will today receive Russia's "nuclear briefcase" as part of his inauguration as Russia's news president.

According to Russia's state news agency, RIA Novosti, the briefcase contain the codes to the nuclear arsenal.

Russia's nuclear briefcase pictured in 1999

The briefcase looks similar to a laptop case and allows the president to give the order to launch a nuclear weapon, by transmitting the launch permission code to the commanding staff of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF).

It also gives the president early-warning signals of any nuclear attack.

Russia's defence minister and chief of the General Staff also have smiliar nuclear switches.

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