Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who served as the current Russian President since 2012, before serving from 1999 to 2008. He was also Prime Minister from 1999. to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. In 2021, Putin is the second-oldest European president, after Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus. Putin was born in Leningrad and studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975. Putin worked as a KGB foreign intelligence agent for 16 years, promoted to lieutenant colonel, before resigning in 1991 to start his main career in St. Petersburg. He then moved to Moscow in 1996 to join the administration of President Boris Yeltsin. He was Director of the Federal Security Services and Secretary of the Security Council, before being appointed Prime Minister in August 1999.
|Born||Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, October 7, 1952, Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)|
|Political party||Independent (1991–95, 2001–08, 2012–present)|
|Other political affiliations||People's Front (2011–present), CPSU (1975–91), Our Home – Russia, (1995–99), Unity (1999–2001), United Russia (2008–12)|
|Children||At least 2, Maria and Katerina|
|Parents||Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, Maria Ivanovna Putina|
|Alma mater||Saint Petersburg State University (LLB), Saint Petersburg Mining Institute (PhD)|
|Civilian awards||Order of Honour|
|Preceded by||Dmitry Medvedev|
Authoritarian leader who has served three non-consecutive terms as the President of Russia since 2000. He has been accused of being a dictator and in 2014 he caused an international outcry when he invaded Ukraine in the midst of their revolution.
In 1975, he graduated from the Leningrad State University with a law degree before becoming an officer in the KGB, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during his 16 years of service.
He is credited with bringing political stability to Russia during his presidency as the Russian economy grew for eight straight years following his election to the presidency.
He is believed to be a descendent of Mikhail of Tver, the Grand Prince of Tver. He was married to Lyudmila Putina from 1983 to 2014 and he has two daughters named Mariya and Yekaterina.
In 2000, he put great efforts to strengthening ties with Fidel Castro and Cuba.
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