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Vladimir Putin

Born: October 7, 1952 (age 65) in Saint Petersburg

Vladimir Putin


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Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012.

Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012.

During his last term as Prime Minister, he was also the Chairman of United Russia, the ruling party.

For 16 years Putin was an officer in the KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired to enter politics in his native Saint Petersburg in 1991.

He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin's administration where he rose quickly, becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999 when Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned.

Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential election, despite widespread accusations of vote-rigging, and was reelected in 2004.

Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008.

Dmitry Medvedev won the 2008 presidential election and appointed Putin as Prime Minister, beginning a period of so-called "tandemocracy".

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Behind the scenes at Lada's Russian headquarters

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Russia tells Iran it's ready to boost fight against terrorism after attack: RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Iran's president on Saturday after an attack on an Iranian military parade, saying Moscow was ready to boost joint efforts in the fight against..

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Russia Fights Terrorism [Video]Russia Fights Terrorism

On Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Iran’s president after an attack on an Iranian military parade, saying Moscow was ready to boost joint efforts in the fight..

Wochit -   00:35

The Middle East's Democracy Problem [Video]The Middle East's Democracy Problem

A trend of elections where the votes aren't counted has led many to believe their votes don't matter.

Newsy Studio -   02:23

Putin tests Kalashnikov's latest sniper's rifle [Video]Putin tests Kalashnikov's latest sniper's rifle

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Kalashnikov Concern’s shooting range and tested the company's brand new sniper rifle in Kubinka. After inspecting the experimental samples of the rifles,..

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Putin Fires Sniper Rifle On Russian TV [Video]Putin Fires Sniper Rifle On Russian TV

Business Insider reports that Vladimir Putin fired a Kalashnikov sniper rifle at a Moscow shooting range on Wednesday. Russian state TV claimed he hit the target "more than half the time." Footage of..

Wochit -   00:49

Was Donald Trump Seen at a Swiss Resort with Vladimir Putin Before the Election? [Video]Was Donald Trump Seen at a Swiss Resort with Vladimir Putin Before the Election?

Reports that Donald Trump was spotted at a Swiss resort with Vladimir Putin before the 2016 election are fake news.

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Was Vladimir Putin Surrounded by Other World Leaders at the G20 Summit? [Video]Was Vladimir Putin Surrounded by Other World Leaders at the G20 Summit?

A photograph purportedly showing the Russian president surrounded by political counterparts is not real.

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UFC 229: US President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin invited to Conor McGregor v Khabib Nurmagomedov by UFC boss Dana White

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin would be welcome guests for Conor McGregor‘s UFC return, Dana White says. The Irishman is stepping back into the Octagon on 6 October for the first time since beating..

Dana White Says Putin, Trump Invited to McGregor Fight

Dana White says he's extended an invitation to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to be his VIP guests when Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov clash in Vegas next month.  Of course, Dana is..

Does American-Style Democracy Work In The Middle East?

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Watch VideoThe word "democracy" comes from Greek; the roots are the words for "people" and "power," so literally it means "people power." Winston Churchill praised it this way: "It has been said..

Vladimir Putin: Russia's action man president, in pictures


Putin Gives Chechnya An Oil Company

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered the transfer of ownership of the federal state-held company controlling Chechnya’s oil refining and petrochemical industry to the Chechen authorities...

Russia's Putin, Germany's Merkel discuss Syria, Ukraine: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Wednesday about the deal reached between Turkey and Russia on the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, the Kremlin..

Putin: operations of Israeli air force breach Syria's sovereignty

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that Israel's air force was conducting operations in breach of Syria's sovereignty, the Kremlin said in a..

Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off Syrian coast

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria's seacoast was the result of a series of tragic and chance circumstances.

Netanyahu tells Putin Syria is to blame for downing of Russian plane, offers help with inquiry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that Syrian forces were to blame for the downing of a Russian military jet off Syria's coast but he offered..

Would Visiting the U.S. Help Vladimir Putin ‘Humanize His Adversary? Fact: Putin Visited Nine Times

would visiting the u.s. help vladimir putin ‘humanize his adversary? fact: putin visited nine times
Russian President Vladimir Putin has much more experience “visiting the country of his adversaries,” with his nine publicly known visits to the U.S., than did Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who..

Russia's Putin, Israel's Netanyahu may speak by phone on Tuesday: RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin may speak by phone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday after a Russian military aircraft was shot down near Syria, RIA news agency cited Kremlin..

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