Biography of Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a President of the Russian Federation (2000-2008, 2012 - present), formerly was a Director of the Russian Federal Security Service (1998-1999).
Childhood and FamilyVladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born on October 7, 1952, in Leningrad. Putin recalled, «I’m from the commoners, and I’ve been living this life for a very long time, practically my whole adult life. I lived as an ordinary person, and I always have this bond».
Mother is Maria Ivanovna Shelomova survived the blockade, then she also worked at the plant.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the third son in the family. Two of his older brothers died as a child: Victor died before the war, and Albert died during the blockade.
After Vladimir Vladimirovich became a president, he shared that in his childhood he liked to watch Soviet tapes about secret service agents and dreamed of working in government departments: «Even before I finished school, I had a desire to work in intelligence service. But soon I wanted to become a sailor. But then again as an agent. And at the very beginning, I really wanted to be a pilot».
Career in KGBIn 1975, Vladimir Putin was sent to serve on the State Security Committee after receiving the diploma. In the same year, he was promoted to the second lieutenant of justice in the system of territorial bodies of the USSR KGB, having completed training courses for the operational staff.
Putin in GDRFrom 1985 to 1990, Putin worked in the GDR. He served in Dresden under cover of the post of director of the Dresden House of Friendship of the USSR-GDR. On the length of service, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and post to senior assistant to the department chief.
In 1989, Vladimir Vladimirovich was awarded a bronze medal «For Merits to the National People’s Army of the GDR».
After the foreign mission was over, Vladimir Putin continued his service in the Leningrad KGB administration, refusing to go to the central intelligence apparatus of the KGB of the USSR in Moscow.
Administration of St. PetersburgThe next stage in the Vladimir Putin’s life of was a job at the Leningrad State University of Zhdanov, where he served as an assistant to the rector for international affairs. «I gladly went under the roof of the Leningrad State University hoping to write a Ph.D. thesis, process the ins and outs of all this, and maybe stay to work at Leningrad State University. So, on the 90th I became an assistant to the university rector for international relations», he recalled.
In 1992, a group of deputies of the Lensoviet, headed by Yuri Gladkov and Maria Salie, put forward charges against Putin in the scheme of supplying Petersburg with foodstuffs in exchange for raw materials. Putin claimed that the Salie Commission did not actually conduct any investigation, and there was no one to prosecute and no reason to prosecute. The scandal was kindled to make Sobchak fire Putin.
Moscow careerFor three years, Putin has risen from the Deputy manager of the President to the Secretary of the Security Council. In 1996, after the failure of Sobchak in the election of the governor, Vladimir Vladimirovich was invited to Moscow to the post of deputy manager of the President of the Russian Federation. Putin oversaw the legal management and management of Russia’s foreign ownership.
«I cannot say that I did not like Moscow. I just loved Petersburg more. But Moscow quite obviously is a European city», - these were comments on Putin’s appointment to a new position.
In the spring of 1997, Vladimir Putin was appointed deputy head of the presidential administration, replacing Alexei Kudrin.
In the spring of 1999, President Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin as Russia’s prime minister.
DissertationIn 1997, Vladimir Putin defended his Ph.D. thesis in Economics in the Mining Institute of St. Petersburg. The title of the work is "Strategic planning of the reproduction of the region’s mineral and raw materials base in the conditions of the formation of market relations (St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region).
PresidencyOn December 31, 1999, Yeltsin resigned, and Putin became the acting president of Russia: he was given symbols of power, including a «nuclear suitcase». According to Vladimir Vladimirovich, it was not an easy decision for him.
On the one hand, there are internal arguments. But there is another logic. The fate is such that you can work at the highest level in the country and for the country. And it`s stupid to say: no, I will sell seeds, or not, I will take up the private law practice. Well, then you can do it, after all. First, work here, then there.In March 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected as a president and took up his post on May 7. On March 14, 2004, he was re-elected for a second term. On May 7, 2008, he transferred power to the former head of the presidential administration, Dmitry Medvedev.
The third presidential term of Vladimir Putin was marked by complex historical events. Russia’s position on the Ukrainian crisis and the accession of the Crimea to the Russian Federation, the victorious performance of Russian athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, a successful military operation in Syria - all this affect the rating of the country’s first person. The poll data, published in October 2015 by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, show that 89.9% of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin’s actions.
After one week a Parliament deputee and the first woman in the space Valentina Tereshkova suggested to "erase" previous Putin’s presidential terms to allow him to became a president in 2024 and in 2030. Putin said, that he doesn’t mind, if only the Constitutional Court won’t be against. The Constitutional Court didn’t mind. Russians called Putin’s trick "a zeroing".
Personal life of Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich met his future wife Lyudmila in 1980. On July 28, 1983, they were married. Two years before his departure to Germany, the first daughter Maria was born, and a year later, in the hospital of Dresden, the second daughter Catherine was born. The privacy of Putin’s daughters is guarded very carefully.
Hobbies of Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin is fond of sports. He goes skiing, has the title of Leningrad champion in judo and champion of the Trud voluntary sports society.
In 1999, he co-authored with Alexei Levitsky and Vasily Shestakov and released the book «Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin». In 2013, he became the owner of the honorable ninth dan in Korean martial art Taekwondo. In 2011, Vladimir Vladimirovich put on skates and started playing hockey. He likes fishing.
He speaks fluently in German and English.
Vladimir Putin wears a watch only on his right hand. Why? «So the crown does not rub my hand, that’s the whole secret»,- The president revealed the secret that many were interested in.
The president has many pets, almost all are gifts from influential politicians. Vladimir Vladimirovich has the Bulgarian Shepherd Dog Buffy (the gift of Bulgaria’s premier Boyko Borisov), Akita Inu Yume (the gift of the governor of Akita Prefecture Norihisy Satake), and the goat named Skazka (Yuri Luzhkov gift) and the dwarfish Horse Vadik (a gift of Mintimer Shaimiev, the President of Tatarstan). Previously, the president’s favorite dog was a black Labrador named Connie, who died in 2014.
Vladimir Putin Now. War in UkraineIn the end of 2021 the conflict between Russia and Ukraine was escalated again. Russian military pulled numerous troops (~190 thousand) to Ukrainian border. In December Russian MFA sent an „ultimatum„ to the USA and NATO with demands of warranty of Ukrainian non-entry to NATO and roll back to 1997 borders. Also, Putin required the denial to accept any of ex-USSR countries to NATO. On February 22, Vladimir Putin ratified the agreement on the recognition of the DNR and LNR. He made an hour long speech and said, that Ukraine was created by Vladimir Lenin and Donbass’ territory was „forced into„ its borders. Also, Putin thinks, that Kyiv authorities are „Russophobic„ and „neo-Nazis„. „Ukraine wants to return Crimea with force„, he said.
I want to emphasise again that all responsibility for the possible bloodshed will lie fully and wholly with the ruling Ukrainian regime.Also, Putin warned everyone „who tries to stand in our way„, probably dropped a hint to nuclear weapon:
They must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history.In 4 AM approximately Russian army began to bomb Ukrainian cities.