Putin rides in new, long-rumored state car at inauguration ceremony (VIDEO, PHOTO)
It was rumored, but not officially confirmed, that the limousine would finally be unveiled during the ceremony. Developed in a program called ‘Kortezh,’ it replaces the German automobiles previously favored by the presidential administration.
Russia has not used domestically-produced cars for the transportation of senior officials since Soviet times. The Kortezh project is a matter of prestige, demonstrating Russia’s technological and industrial capabilities. Only a handful of nations use domestically-produced automobiles for their leaders.