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Climate Change, Vladimir Putin and Spacey's Flop - OZY

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austria's foreign minister, signaling closer ties between the country's government and Moscow. And today OZY's Around the World campaign takes you to Hungary: Meet one of the country's foremost ...

WATCH: Vladimir Putin dances with Austrian foreign minister - News24

The Russian president made a flying visit to Austria before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He danced with Karin Kneissl after giving a lengthy toast in German. KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our ...

China and Russia strengthening relationship in bid to thwart US dominance - ABC News

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are in the midst of a budding bromance. The two strongmen celebrated Mr Putin's last birthday over vodka and Russian sausage and afterwards Mr Xi called the Russian President his best, ...

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria - Manila Bulletin

By the Associated Press BERLIN — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Russian ...

What Russia's Youth Are Thinking - The National Interest Online

The politics of Russia's youth are an enigma for most Western observers. No unified understanding exists among journalists, analysts and policy makers. Some are firmly convinced that the generation raised under President Vladimir Putin's rule is the ...

Rebuild Syria to end refugee crisis, Putin tells Europe - The Times

Europe should help rebuild President Assad's Syria to allow refugees to return home and to prevent new flows of migrants, Vladimir Putin told Angela Merkel at a summit this weekend. President Putin arrived at the talks in the Brandenburg castle over ...

Moscow, Pyongyang Will Discuss Best Timing for Kim Visit to Russia – Putin Aide - Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov handed over earlier an invitation to Kim to visit Russia, possibly the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). Later in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the invitation. Kremlin spokesman ...

Most Canadians believe Russia is using social media to meddle in western elections: Nanos survey - CTV News

In January 2017, a U.S. intelligence assessment by the CIA, National Security Agency, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the campaign. Despite this, U.S. President Donald ...

Putin dances at Austrian foreign minister's wedding - SBS

Russian President Vladimir Putin has danced arm-in-arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow. Putin arrived on Saturday in a ...

Angela Merkel sidestepped Vladimir Putin's request for Europe to help rebuild Syria - iNews

Vladimir Putin has left empty-handed after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, having argued that Europe must make a greater contribution to rebuilding Syria. The three-hour meeting on Saturday came at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions, ...

Challenged by Trump, Merkel, Putin signal rapprochement - Daily Sabah

Amid the challenges posed by U.S. President Donald Trump, the invitation from Merkel to Putin is considered as a sign of rapprochement after years of antagonism. This was Putin's highest profile bilateral visit to Germany since Russia annexed ...

Vladimir Putin attended wedding of Austrian anti-immigration politico Karin Kneissl - New York Daily News

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and the two of them shared a dance. Putin swung by the celebration, which took place at a vineyard in southern Austria, en route to meeting with German ...

Christmas came early for Putin - CNN

Samantha Vinograd is a CNN National Security Analyst. She served on President Obama's National Security Council from 2009-2013 and at the Treasury Department under President Bush. Follow her @sam_vinograd. The views expressed in this ...

New video shows Vladimir Putin taking centre stage at wedding of Austrian foreign minister - The Independent

As wedding guests go, there was always a chance they might upstage the bride and groom. In the case of Vladimir Putin it is almost certain. Now new footage from inside the weekend marriage of Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl appears to show her ...

Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister's wedding - Fiji Times

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow.

Vladimir Putin dances with Austrian foreign minister - Belfast Telegraph

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Lebanese Premier Hariri Becomes 'Chummy' With Putin - Al-Bawaba

“By relying on an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the PM-designate is trying to protect the country from any plunge into the conflict of axes in the region, especially that Moscow, with a green light from the U.S., is playing the role ...

Trump adviser: Russia, China, North Korea and Iran could meddle in US midterms - Yahoo News

He is also set to meet with his Russian counterpart next week in Geneva, a follow-up to the July 16 summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. President Trump came under harsh and widespread criticism for a ...

Putin dances at Austrian minister's wedding, setting off alarm bells across Europe - euronews

As Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm in arm with Kneissl at a vineyard in the country's south on Saturday, many were left wondering what Putin's "private visit" could portend for the countries' growing public relationship.Putin arrived to the ...

Putin-Merkel meet sees tough talk, no deal - The Hindu

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire during talks outside Berlin that ended with no clear-cut progress ...

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
Unity
Independent
United Russia
Other political
affiliations
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
Signature
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.

Putin dances with the bride at Austrain Foreign Minister's wedding

Russian President Vladimir Putin danced with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding as opposition parties criticised her choice of guest…

Merkel and Putin meet for talks in Berlin: joint statements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin deliver statements ahead of a meeting at the German Federal Government's guest ...

From spy to president: The rise of Vladimir Putin

Putin's intent on pushing back against the Western world order... and it appears to be working. Sources: 2:42 "Russian Hell" ...

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 ...

Putin dances, speaks German at Austrian FM’s wedding

When Austria's foreign minister gets married, you can expect politicians to be there – but maybe not a foreign head of state. However, one of Karin Kneissl's ...

Putin meets Merkel: What’s cooking?

Vladimir Putin travelling to Germany today to meet Angela Merkel. The two leaders will discuss a number of pressing issues. Check out http://rt.com RT LIVE ...