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The rise of Vladimir Putin is under the spotlight in the chilling Putin's Witnesses - Flicks

On the ground at the Adelaide Film Festival, critic Blake Howard reviews a chilling new documentary about the presidency of Vladimir Putin, from a director who once considered himself one of Putin's earliest supporters. Putin's Witnesses opens with ...

Trump Defends Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Putin in Flattery-Filled Fox Business Interview - Daily Beast

Following the disappearance and likely assassination of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, every major Western media organization pulled out of Saudi Arabia's upcoming Future Investment Initiative, nicknamed “Davos in the Desert.” Every major ...

Putin May Try to Launch New Offensive in Ukraine and Absorb Belarus to Stop Autocephaly - The Jamestown Foundation

The decision of Universal Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I to move toward granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (see EDM, September 13) is an existential threat to Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his conception of a ...

Putin's Favorite Congressman Denies Russia Hacked the DNC, Because That's What Julian Assange Told Him - Mother Jones

The 30-year congressional veteran's reported contacts with Russian operatives and frequently expressed affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin have won him the sobriquet “Putin's favorite congressman” and helped land him in a tight reelection ...

Egypt: Sisi to discuss a strategic partnership with Putin - africanews

“Tomorrow in Sochi you will hold talks with your colleague President Putin and a fundamental agreement on strategic partnership will be signed. This is indeed a new stage in the development of our relations which are already very friendly,” Medvedev said.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin both plan to be in Paris on Nov. 11 - CBS 8 San Diego

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin both plan to be in Paris for a World War I commemoration next month, but officials said there is no formal meeting scheduled. "We plan to fly to Paris on November 11," said ...

Egypt's president arrives in Russia for talks with Putin as ties strengthen - Foreign Brief

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will meet with Vladimir Putin in Moscow today to discuss military-technical cooperation. Military cooperation has steadily ramped up since a 2015 agreement ended more than four decades of military non-cooperation ...

Russia's Top Judge Spurs New Talk Of Changing Constitution - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Fast-forward 25 years, and Russia is a different place, under a different president, Vladimir Putin, who has brought to heel the media, much of civil society, and most political opposition, and rules virtually unchallenged, bolstered by a robust ...

Putin a 'role model' for Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi opposition source - Middle East Eye

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is fascinated by Russian President Vladimir Putin's alleged ability to target former spies in the UK "and get away with it", a leading member of the Saudi opposition and friend of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi has ...

Putin To Attend World War I Commemorations In Paris Next Month - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony in Paris next month marking 100 years since the armistice ending World War I, the Kremlin says. "On November 11 we are planning to fly to Paris. We will take part in the ceremony on the Champs ...

Putin's stooge suddenly wants the leading role - The Times

Vladimir Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) crushed President Putin's ruling United Russia at last month's elections for the governor's seat in Khabarovsk, 4,000 miles from Moscow, taking 70 per cent of the vote. It also scored a ...

Putin will be in Paris on November 11 to mark 100 years since WWI end: advisor - FRANCE 24

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a November 11 ceremony in Paris marking 100 years since the end of World War I, his advisor Yuri Ushakov said Tuesday. The ceremony will be attended by a number of other heads of state including US President ...

Trump is brutal authoritarians' best advocate - Washington Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin has routinely received aid and assistance from Trump. During the campaign, Trump defended Putin's alleged involvement in deaths of journalists. “There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?” he told ...

Kremlin says Putin-Kim summit taking shape - Washington Times

A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is being finalized for later this year, but the location and time frame are still under negotiation, according to the Kremlin. “These issues are being discussed and ...

Opinion: Orthodox Church rift is a defeat for Vladimir Putin - Deutsche Welle

In Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kyiv, currently a museum, there is scaffolding and noise. I visited the church, which boasts some of the most stunning medieval mosaics in Central Europe, in early October. The works there are not accidental. The ...

Vladimir Putin's Tough-Guy Act Is Getting Old (Op-ed) - The Moscow Times

Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, he seemingly could do no wrong as far as most Russians were concerned. Now, however, his Teflon coating appears to be wearing thinner. This raises two important questions: ...

Putin, Medvedev to meet with Egypt's president to discuss implementation of joint projects - TASS

MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday. Al-Sisi is currently in Russia on a three-day visit on the invitation of the Russian ...

Spate of fumbled spycraft may be laughing matter for ordinary Russians, but not for Vladimir Putin - Los Angeles Times

Some Putin-watchers saw peril for the head of the GRU, Igor Korobov. Unconfirmed reports in the Russian press said that after the U.S. indictments of seven military intelligence officers, the Russian president summoned Korobov for an official dressing ...

Donald Trump says Putin 'probably' involved in poisonings, but 'it's not in our country' -

The US president said in an interview that Mr Putin was “probably” involved in poisonings but when pushed further added that “it's not in our country”. The remarks come despite Britain, one of America's closest allies, accusing the Kremlin of being ...

Did Joe Biden Say Vladimir Putin Wants to 'Destroy the New World Order'? -

During that talk, the former VP offered some harsh words about Russian and Russian president Vladimir Putin, a dialog which the junk news site Your News Wire falsely represented with a headline and lead proclaiming that Bided asserted “Putin Wants to ...

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.

Confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Part 1 | Megyn Kelly | NBC News

In this NBC News Special, Megyn Kelly travels to Russia for a rare exclusive sit-down interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Amid heightened tensions ...

Why Russian President Vladimir Putin never visits Pakistan? (BBC Hindi)

व्लादिमीर पुतिन पिछले 18 सालों से रूस की सत्ता पर काबिज हैं, लेकिन वो कभी पाक...

Khabib Nurmagomedov Got a Call From Russian President Vladimir Putin (UFC 229)

Khabib Nurmagomedov talks about his phone call with Russian president, Vladimir Putin, after his fight with Conor McGregor at the UFC 229 press conference.

Chris Wallace interviews Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin dismisses claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, says Russia would react negatively to the expansion of NATO, blames terrorists for civilian ...

Confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Part 2 | Megyn Kelly | NBC News

Megyn Kelly drills down on President Putin's denial of his role in election interference, equipped with allegations detailed in Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin pays visit to Crimea in a submarine

Putin looked as if he was auditioning for a Bond film when he visited the Black Sea to explore a sunken shipwreck in a mini-sub Get the latest headlines ...