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Chafee praises Putin's 'brilliant' critique of US power - The Providence Journal

Chafee, the former Republican senator who switched to the Democratic Party when he became Rhode Island's governor, said in an interview Thursday with The Providence Journal that the "terrible" state of U.S.-Russia relations stemmed from the U.S. not ...

Putin Wants Armenia Solution to Reflect 2017 Parliamentary Election Result - Asbarez Armenian News

While advocating for a constitutional solution to the current situation in Armenia, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has thus far stayed out of the events in Armenia, which saw the resignation of prime minister Serzh Sarkisian, signaled that he ...

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan says he's free as 'ordinary civilian' to imply Putin has dirt on Trump - Washington Times

To NPR, Mr. Brennan was coy on what he possibility knows. “I'm not going to get into what I may have known or not known while I was the CIA director,” he said. “I just am looking at his performance since he has become president of the United States ...

Grandma working as a day trader shows how Russians survive under Vladimir Putin - The Australian Financial Review

Natalia Orlova monitoring trading information on her phone outside a supermarket in Moscow last week. Andrey Rudakov. by Natasha Doff. When Natalia Orlova isn't working a $US400 ($530)-a-month job at a Moscow factory that makes Cold War-era space ...

Could an 'insane' Russian nuclear torpedo cause 300-foot tidal waves? - Fox News

During an address to the country's Federal Assembly on March 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the development of unmanned submersible vehicles that can move at great depths much faster than submarines. “It is really fantastic. They are ...

President Putin pushed for the construction of new student dorms - Construction.RU

Speaking at a meeting of the Congress of the Russian Union of Rectors, President Vladimir Putin has proposed building new student dormitories as part of an additional program of the student housing development. The new government of Russia will have to ...

Armenia to pick new PM next week; Moscow keeps wary eye - Reuters

“It's a misunderstanding,” Pashinyan told reporters commenting on Putin's statement. “I think it's a wrong interpretation as Russia as well as other countries does not intervene in Armenia's internal affairs.” The situation in Armenia is awkward for ...

Euan MacDonald: Ukraine's Friend & Foe of the Week - Kyiv Post

Editor's Note: This feature separates Ukraine's friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire ...

Putin Opponent Received 25% of Campaign Donations in Bitcoin - The Merkle

On March 18, Vladimir Putin secured his fourth term in office with 77 percent of the votes, garnering more than 56 million votes. However, Navalny, who was considered to be one of the few politicians in the country with a chance of success against ...

Kremlingate Is Really Just Watergate for Morons—With Russians - Observer

Trump is a draft-dodger who tears down our national institutions, one by one, while possessing a strange unwillingness to criticize Vladimir Putin—whose nasty crimes abroad have increased since January 2017—under any circumstances, for anything. But ...

Karapetyan, Putin Talk; Endorse May 1 Election of New Armenian Prime Minister - Hetq Online

An Armenian government press release states that Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone today and discussed the political situation in Armenia. The release says that the two stressed the need to ...

Putin and Karapetyan had a phone conversation -

Today Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan had a telephone conversation with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. According to the press service of the Armenian government, the parties touched upon the current situation in Armenia. They emphasized that the crisis in Armenia should only be settled in accordance with the law, Constitution of Armenia, based on the results of the legitimate parliamentary elections, held in April of 2017. In this context they attached importance to election ...

Donald Trump Ranks His Tenure In Office An A+ On 'Fox & Friends,' Accuses Comey of 'Leaking For Years' - The Inquisitr

As for West, the president called the rap superstar a “smart” man who recognizes how he's “[done] a much better job than the Democrats did” in reducing unemployment rates for African-Americans. Toward the end of Trump's Fox & Friends interview, host ...

Putin to Acting Armenian PM: Solve Your Political Crisis Via Legal Means - Agencies - U.S. News & World Report

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the historical Space Pavilion opened after a renovation at the the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH) on the Cosmonautics Day in Moscow, Russia April 12, 2018. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool ...

People power pushes out Armenia's boss, who was trying to do a Putin - The Economist

His manoeuvre resembled that of Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, who sat out one term as prime minister in 2008 before returning as president in 2012 against a wave of protests. A similar kind of crowd, incensed by a similar kind of trickery ...

First Deputy PM ahead of President's inauguration: “I'm ready to work where Putin will say" -

According to sources of the channel, Shuvalov could take another public position, get into the Moscow State University or run a business. Vedomosti also reported about the possible resignation of the First Deputy Prime Minister. The current government ...

Armenia rejects the 'politics of eternity' - The Conversation US

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, three countries in the South Caucasus once ruled by the former Soviet Union, still operate in the shadow of what is now called Russia. The three states are located between Iran and Turkey on the western side and Russia ...

The Tragic Alliance Between the Kremlin and Russian Organized Crime (Op-ed) - The Moscow Times

In the twilight years of the Soviet Union, organized crime was part of the connective tissue holding corrupt Party officials and the barons of the black market together. And in the anarchy of the 1990s, the distinctions between mobsters, entrepreneurs ...

Russian schoolgirls forced to parade in the SNOW for Putin bizarre marching competition -

The scenes from Ekaterinburg will reinforce claims that Russia is becoming more militaristic under President Vladimir Putin with the revival of a Soviet-style contest. There was outrage that the girls – believed to be aged ten to 13 – were ordered to ...

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: Bannon ordered Putin messaging tests -

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign manager and administration official Steve Bannon ordered Cambridge Analytica staff to test messaging around Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian expansion in 2014, Cambridge Analytica whisteblower Christopher ...

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin ">[vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ ˈputʲɪn]; born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician who is the current President of the Russian Federation, holding the office since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012. During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the Chairman of the United Russia Party, the ruling party.

Putin with flag of Russia.jpg
2nd and 4th President of Russia
Assumed office
7 May 2012
Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov
Dmitry Medvedev
Preceded by Dmitry Medvedev
In office
7 May 2000 – 7 May 2008
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov
Mikhail Fradkov
Viktor Zubkov
Preceded by Boris Yeltsin
Succeeded by Dmitry Medvedev
Prime Minister of Russia
In office
8 May 2008 – 7 May 2012
President Dmitry Medvedev
First Deputy Sergei Ivanov
Viktor Zubkov
Igor Shuvalov
Preceded by Viktor Zubkov
Succeeded by Dmitry Medvedev
In office
16 August 1999 – 7 May 2000
President Boris Yeltsin
First Deputy Nikolai Aksyonenko
Viktor Khristenko
Mikhail Kasyanov
Preceded by Sergei Stepashin
Succeeded by Mikhail Kasyanov
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union State
In office
27 May 2008 – 18 July 2012
Preceded by Viktor Zubkov
Succeeded by Dmitry Medvedev
Leader of United Russia
In office
7 May 2008 – 26 May 2012
Preceded by Boris Gryzlov
Succeeded by Dmitry Medvedev
Secretary of the Security Council
In office
9 March 1999 – 9 August 1999
President Boris Yeltsin
Preceded by Nikolay Bordyuzha
Succeeded by Sergei Ivanov
Director of the Federal Security Service
In office
25 July 1998 – 29 March 1999
President Boris Yeltsin
Preceded by Nikolay Kovalyov
Succeeded by Nikolai Patrushev
Personal details
Born Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
(1952-10-07) 7 October 1952 (age 64)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Our Home-Russia
United Russia
Other political
People's Front
Spouse(s) Lyudmila Shkrebneva (m. 1983; div. 2014)
Children 2
Residence Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow, Russia
Alma mater Saint Petersburg State University
Awards =Order of Honor of the Russian Federation Order of Honour
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch KGB
Years of service 1975–1991
Rank CCCP air-force Rank podpolkovnik infobox.svg Lieutenant colonel

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (/ˈptɪn/; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин; [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ ˈputʲɪn]; born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician who is the current President of the Russian Federation, holding the office since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012. During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the Chairman of the United Russia Party, the ruling party.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Putin studied German at Saint Petersburg High School 281, and speaks fluent German. He then studied law at the Saint Petersburg State University, graduating in 1975. Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin's administration, rising quickly through the ranks and becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999, when Yeltsin resigned. Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential election by a 53% to 30% margin, thus avoiding a runoff with his Communist Party opponent, Gennady Zyuganov. He was reelected President in 2004 with 72% of the vote.

During Putin's first presidency, the Russian economy grew for eight straight years, and GDP measured in purchasing power increased by 72%. The growth was a result of the 2000s commodities boom, high oil prices, and prudent economic and fiscal policies. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008. The 2008 presidential election was won by Dmitry Medvedev, who appointed Putin Prime Minister, beginning a period of so-called "tandemocracy". In September 2011, after presidential terms were extended from four to six years, Putin announced he would seek a third term as president. He won the March 2012 presidential election with 64% of the vote, a result which aligned with pre-election polling. Falling oil prices coupled with international sanctions imposed at the beginning of 2014 after Russia's annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Eastern Ukraine led to GDP shrinking by 3.7% in 2015. Under Putin's leadership, Russia has scored poorly on both the Democracy index and the Corruption index.

Putin has enjoyed very high domestic approval ratings during his career, and received extensive international attention as one of the world's most powerful leaders. In 2007, he was the Time Person of the Year. In 2015, he was #1 on the Time's Most Influential People List. Forbes ranked him the world's most powerful individual four times in a row from 2013 to 2016.