“I have always supported the programmes aimed at reducing the negative influence of human activity on climate and the environment. I will continue to support, together with the Russian government and other authorities, every effort to protect the environment. But still, our work should be based on a realistic view of the situation, and we should rely on expert opinion. We have been paying so much attention to supporting the experts who are working in this sphere precisely so we can determine Russia's practical policy that will be based on facts and objective research data, rather than on newspaper articles, however much we may respect them.” Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin spent most of his career working for the Soviet security service, the KGB, including several years as a spy in Germany.he had a reputation as a "grey cardinal", a man who wields power quietly, behind the scenes.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin born 7 October 1952) served as the second President of the Russian Federation and is the current Prime Minister of Russia, as well as chairman of United Russia and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus. He became acting President on 31 December 1999, when president Boris Yeltsin resigned in a surprising move. Putin won the 2000 presidential election and in 2004 he was re-elected for a second term lasting until 7 May 2008.
Putin was born in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR (now Saint Petersburg,
Russian Federation), to parents Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin (1911–1999)
and Maria Ivanovna Shelomova (1911–1998). His mother was a factory worker,
and his father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy, where he served in the
submarine fleet in the early 1930s, subsequently serving with the NKVD in
a sabotage group during World War II. Two elder brothers were born in the
mid–1930s; one died within a few months of birth, while the second
succumbed to diphtheria during the siege of Leningrad. His paternal
grandfather, Spiridon Ivanovich Putin (1879–1965), was employed at
Vladimir Lenin's dacha at Gorki as a cook, and after Lenin's death in
1924, he continued to work for Lenin's wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya. He would
later cook for Joseph Stalin when the Soviet leader visited one of his
dachas in the Moscow region. Spiridon later was employed at a dacha
belonging to the Moscow City Committee of the Communist Party of the
Soviet Union, at which the young Putin would visit him.
From 1990: assistant rector of Leningrad State University for
international affairs, later adviser to the Leningrad mayor.
From June 1991: chairman of the St. Petersburg City Hall's committee for
foreign relations; from 1994 also held the post of first deputy mayor of
From March 1997: deputy chief of the Presidential Executive Office, chief
of the President's main control department.
From May 1998: first deputy chief of the Presidential Executive Office.
From August 1999: Prime Minister of Russia.
From 31 December, 1999: Acting President of Russia.
8 May, 2008: appointed Prime Minister by presidential decree.