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GOP senators are getting some Russia sanction ideas from anti-Putin YouTube videos - VICE News

Russian President Vladimir Putin's underground rival, Alexei Navalny, has led an online crusade aimed at exposing the secret, illicit wealth of Russian officials and oligarchs in slick, snarky, investigative videos. Turns out his YouTube channel has ...

Putin Says Communist Ideas Come From the Bible—Is He Right? -

But it is easy enough to understand why Vladimir Putin would try to equate communism with Christianity. He is not particularly enthusiastic for either ideology, but he wants the Russian people to feel proud of their past. Above all, Putin is a ...

Vladimir Putin in bid to ban Paddington film from Russian cinemas - Daily Star

By Antony Thrower / Published 22nd January 2018. pad1 GETTY. CENSOR: Vladimir Putin was slammed by Paddington fans. Ministry of Culture censors stepped in two days before its release because it is too “Western”. The Russians took issue with Paddington ...

'Unprecedented Russiaphobia' Higher Now than Cold War: Russia FM - Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits his election campaign office in Moscow on January 10, 2018. Russia's presidential election is scheduled for March 18, 2018. ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images. According to media reports, oligarchs have engaged in ...

Russia's VTB bank head Kostin shrugs off US sanctions risk - Daily Times

MOSCOW: Andrey Kostin, the head of Russian state bank VTB and an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said there was a high risk his name would be added to a new US list of people close to Vladimir Putin, but that he was unfazed by the prospect. The ...

Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won't vote for him -

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Orthodox bishop has said that he wouldn't vote for President Vladimir Putin in March's election — an unprecedented show of dissent by a high-ranking clergyman in the church whose hierarchs have maintained warm ties with the ...

Celebrity journalist gets enough signatures to challenge Putin in election - WIMS AM 1420

Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Ksenia Sobchak, a former reality TV star-turned-journalist running against Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the country's election this year, has gathered enough signatures to get on the ballot ...

Turkish onslaught in Syria gives Putin new victory headache - SFGate

It's only been a month since Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Syria to declare victory in the civil war he helped turn around. Winning the peace -- or even preserving it -- already looks like a huge challenge. Like almost ...

RUSSIA THREAT: Putin plotting 'on Europe's DOORSTEP' warns UK military chief -

Sir Nick Carter said Britain “cannot afford to sit back” as Vladimir Putin strengthens his armed forces. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) he said the “threats” posed by Russia needed to be addressed “now”. He said: “The threats we ...

Vladimir Putin refuses to quit as Russian leader because he fears ending up in jail and would rather be 'shacked up ... - The Sun

Ksenia Sobchak, a reality TV star dubbed Russia's Paris Hilton who is standing against Putin in a presidential election in March, made the claims as she bids to oust the strongman from power. Many Russian experts believe Putin might prefer to rule like ...

Court move threatens to derail Navalny's anti-Putin campaign - Financial Times

A Moscow court has ordered the closure of the foundation that finances the campaign activities of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, threatening to derail his fight against the re-election of President Vladimir Putin in March polls. The ...

An Open Letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin - Jewish Policy Center (blog)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, pool). Dear Mr. President: Thank you for ...

NATO congratulates new Russian deputy foreign minister on his appointment - TASS

BRUSSELS, January 22. /TASS/. NATO highly praises good and professional relations in work with Alexander Grushko as Russia's permanent representative to NATO and congratulates him on his appointment as the Russian deputy foreign minister, a NATO ...

Russia faces 6 more years of stagnation under Putin - Action News Now

In the 18 years that Putin has been in charge, Russia has failed to break its addiction to oil and diversify its economy. It is the world's largest oil producer -- although America is catching up fast -- and the industry is dominated by state-owned ...

Bolotnaya Protester Released From Psychiatric Clinic - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

A man accused of participating in clashes with security forces at a Moscow protest on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in 2012 has been released from a psychiatric clinic. A court in the southern city of Astrakhan ruled on ...

Russian Orthodox Bishop Warns Faithful Not to Vote for 'Dark' Putin - The Moscow Times

A Russian Orthodox clergyman has spoken for the first time against voting for Vladimir Putin's re-election this spring over recent comments the president made which he described as “blasphemous.” Putin raised controversy in the Orthodox Christian ...

Russian court orders closure of Putin critic Navalny campaign fund - Daily Sabah

Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most formidable foe, had been leading a grass-roots campaign for a year ahead of the 2018 presidential vote, before election officials in December formally barred him from running. Navalny then vowed to mount a ...

I won't vote for Putin 'darkness' says Russian Orthodox bishop - ChristianToday

A Russian Orthodox bishop has warned against voting for the 'darkness' of Vladimir Putin when he stands for re-election as president in March, after Putin last week said Communism was like Christianity and Lenin was like a saint. The angry statement ...

How the mothers of dead soldiers may be what reins in Vladimir Putin's ambitions - The Conversation UK

Vladimir Putin seeks to present an image of Russia as a country that is strong, decisive, and able to reshape the world to its own ends. One of Moscow's favourite tactics is to use military intervention even while Russian officials deny that they are ...

Russia's Grushko Out As NATO Envoy, In As Deputy Minister - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

... and there was no word on a replacement for Grushko as ambassador to NATO. Relations between NATO and Russia have been badly strained by tension over issues including Moscow's takeover of Crimea, its role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and ...

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.

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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.