Nick Name: Grey Cardinal, Vova, Volodya, VVP
Birthday: October 7, 1952
Age: 68 Years, 68 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Libra
Also Known As: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Born in: Saint Petersburg
Famous as: President of Russia
Quotes By Vladimir Putin
Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Males
political ideology: Political party - Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1975–1991), Our Home-Russia (1995–1999), Unity (1999–2001), Independent (1991–1995; 2001–2008), United Russia (2008–present)
Spouse/Ex-: Lyudmila Putina (1983–2014)
father: Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin
mother: Maria Ivanovna Shelomova
siblings: Albert Putin, Viktor Putin
children: Mariya Putina, Yekaterina Putina
Founder/Co-Founder: United Aircraft Corporation, State Council
education: 1975 - Saint Petersburg State University, 1997-06-27 - The National Mineral Resources University
awards: 2007 - Time's Person of the Year
2011 - Confucius Peace Prize
Who is Vladimir Putin?
Vladimir Putin is the current President of Russia. He is into his fourth term as the President. He is considered as an autocrat with little respect for human rights and has been accused of ordering assassinations of his critics and opponents. Besides being a President, he has also served as the Prime Minister and was a foreign intelligence officer before entering the politics. He was born in a middle class family and had a dream of becoming an intelligence officer since childhood. He realized this dream and entered the ‘KGB’ the Russian intelligence agency. He was posted in various places as an undercover agent. For a larger part of his life, he served at the agency. Eventually, he got involved in political affairs of the country and resigned from ‘KGB’. He then, diligently worked for the welfare of the country and its people, which soon earned him recognition. Finally, when the then President of Russia Boris Yeltsin decided to step down from his post, he found no better successor than Putin and appointed him as the president of the country. A few months later, the elections took place and there too he emerged as the winner. The deft handling of issues with admirable efficiency led to his re-election for a second term to the office of President of Russia. Since as per Russian constitution, he was ineligible to run for presidency for the third consecutive term, Dmitry Medvedev ran for the office of the President and Putin became the Prime Minister. In 2012, when Medvedev's term ended, Putin once again became the President for the third time. In 2018, he was re-elected for his fourth-term as a President.
Childhood & Early Life
Vladimir Putin was born to Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin and Maria Ivanovna Putina on 7th October, 1952, in Saint Petersberg, Soviet Union.
During 1960-68, he attended the ‘Primary School No. 193’ located at Baskov Lane. He then joined the ‘High School No. 281’, and even took interest in sports like sambo (a martial art form) and judo.
In 1970, he enrolled at the ‘Leningrad State University’ Law Department, and as a student he joined the ‘Communist Party of the Soviet Union’. During the same time, he encountered the Russian politician Anatoly Sobchak.
He worked on his thesis entitled ‘The Most Favored Nation Trading in International Law’, and in 1975, he graduated from the university.
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Soon after graduating from law school, he entered government run intelligence agency ‘KGB’ (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti). At the beginning of 1980s, he was trained at the ‘KGB School No. 1’, Moscow.
He worked for the ‘KGB’ agency’s Directorate Secretariat and then was employed at the Counterintelligence Division. He was again sent for training by ‘KGB’ to ‘Andropov Red Banner Institute’ to prepare him for his trip to Germany.
During the period 1985-90, he operated in the Dresden city of East Germany as an undercover agent. Vladimir’s hard work earned him the position of lieutenant colonel and eventually he became the senior assistant to the head of the department in the intelligence office.
In 1990, he travelled back to Leningrad and was appointed to the ‘Leningrad State University’ as the rector, in which capacity he handled international relations.
He chaired the ‘Committee for International Relations’ at St. Petersburg City Hall in 1991, and a few years later, also joined the St. Petersburg City Government as the Deputy Chairman. Soon after joining the City Hall, he resigned from his post at the ‘KGB’.
He shifted to Moscow in the year 1996, along with his family and there he was appointed to the ‘Presidential Property Management Directorate’ as the Deputy Chief. The following year, he joined office as the Presidential Executive Office as the Deputy Chief of Staff and also Chief of Main Control Directorate.
He became the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office in 1998, and the same year, he joined office as the Director of the Federal Security Service. The following year, he became the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
He was chosen as the Prime Minister of Russia by the then President of Russia Boris Yeltsin in 1999. By the end of that year, the then President stepped down nominating Putin as his successor for the post.
In March 2000, he was elected to as the President of Russia and also served a second term after being re-elected to the office in 2004.
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As per Russian constitution, he was ineligible to run for presidency for the third consecutive term. Hence, in 2008, Dmitry Medvedev ran for the office of the President and won the election. Medvedev appointed Putin as Prime Minister of Russia.
In 2011, the presidential term was extended from four years to six years. In 2012, Putin once again contested the presidential election and won by polling 64% of vote.
In 2018, he was re-elected for the fourth term as the President. He got 76% of votes and will be in office till 2024.
The ‘2010 Russian Wildfire’ that broke, had huge aftermaths. Crops were destroyed and thousands died due to the smog that was created due to this fire. The President took special care to help people overcome this emergency situation and himself took charge of the reconstruction of homes and provide compensation to the victims.
In 2014, Putin ordered Russian army into Ukrainian territory and annexed Crimea after a disputed referendum in which Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation. As a result of this, many countries slapped economic sanctions against Russia.
In 2015, on request of the Syrian government, Putin authorized Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War to offer to help Syrian government in their fight against rebel and jihadist groups.
Putin has been accused by America of meddling in 2016 American presidential elections. He has been accused of personally ordering a campaign to denigrate Hillary Clinton and to harm her electoral chances. But Putin has denied any interference in American presidential election.
Awards & Achievements
He received the Bronze Medal for Faithful Service to the National People’s Army issued in the German Democratic Republic in the year 1989.
In 2006, he was felicitated with the ‘Grand-Croix’ (Grand Cross) by the President of France, Jacques Chirac. The following year, he was named the ‘Person of the Year’ by ‘Time’ magazine.
He was a recipient of the ‘King Abdul Aziz Award’ in 2007 by Saudi King Abdullah. The same year, he was awarded with the ‘Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’ award by President of UAE.
In 2011, he was awarded with an honorary doctorate by the ‘University of Belgrade’.
Personal Life & Legacy
On 28th July, 1983, Vladimir married Lyudmila Shkrebneva after a courtship of about three years. The couple were blessed with two daughters Maria and Yekaterina.
This president has been a subject to many alleged link-ups, but these were regarded as rumours and the couple denied all the allegations. However, the couple announced a divorce in 2013 and within a year, the divorce was finalised.
A street of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, has been named after him as ‘Vladimir Putin Avenue’. A peak in Tian Shan Mountains has also been named after this politician as ‘Vladimir Putin Peak’.