Putin returns to presidency in a changed Russia - Article Photos 1/3

In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 file photo, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin listens as he comes to discuss the problems of the disabled, organized by the People's Front in Moscow, with Russian national flag in the background. Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency on Monday May 7, 2012 will technically give him greater powers than he wielded as prime minister. The irony is that his position will be arguably weaker than at any time since he first came to power more than 12 years ago. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)