APTOPIX Russia Politics

May 8, 2012 - 11:57 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and former President Dmitry Medvedev attend a meeting of the State Duma, Russian parliament's lower house, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Russia's parliament has approved former President Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister with a vote of 299-144. He will serve under Vladimir Putin, the former prime minister who began a third presidential term on Monday. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)