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Vladimir Putin

 Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin  born 7 October 1952) is the current President of Russia .

Vladimir Putin is a dictator who breaks international law by invading independant nations by using tactics that are brutal and inhumane.He has his political rivals killed by assasination or by poison. He will go down in history as a war criminal.

Putin's rule has been characterised by endemic corruption, the jailing and repression of political opponents, the intimidation and suppression of press freedom and fair elections.

Putin's meteoric rise to power was based on one of the most brutal and bloody military actions in history, the siege of the Chechen capital of Grozny during the Second Chechen War in 1999.

 After the military humiliation of then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s regime by Chechen separatists during the First Chechen War, Putin took charge of the war when he became Russia’s prime minister in the summer of 1999. Putin aimed his scorched-earth strategy in Chechnya at squashing the insurrection that sprung up during the days of the Soviet Union’s dissolution.

 Between late 1999 and early 2000, overwhelming Russian forces laid siege to Grozny, Chechnya’s capital. As Putin turned his weapons on civilian targets, 300,000 of Grozny’s 800,000 civilians fled the city. Between 50,000 and 80,000, most civilians, were killed. Russian tanks flattened the city.

Born on 7 October, 1952 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) the youngest of three children of Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin (1911–1999) and Maria Ivanovna Putina Shelomova; 1911–1998). His grandfather, Spiridon Putin, was a personal cook to Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. Putin's birth was preceded by the deaths of two brothers, Viktor and Albert, born in the mid-1930s. Albert died in infancy and Viktor died of diphtheria during the Siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany's forces in World War II. Putin's mother was a factory worker and his father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy, serving in the submarine fleet in the early 1930s. Early in World War II, his father served in the destruction battalion of the NKVD

Putin graduates from the law department of Leningrad State University.

Putin joins the KGB's Foreign Intelligence Service.

Putin marries Lyudmila, a specialist in foreign languages. (They now have two teenage daughters, Katya and Masha.)

Putin is assigned to work for the KGB in East Germany.

Putin becomes assistant rector for international affairs at Leningrad State University. He also serves as an adviser to the chairman of the Leningrad City Council.

Putin serves as chairman of the foreign relations committee of the St. Petersburg mayor's office.

Aug. 20, 1991
Putin resigns from the KGB.

Putin serves as first deputy chairman of the St. Petersburg city government and chairman of the committee for external relations.

August 1996
Putin is transferred to Moscow to work as President Boris Yeltsin's first deputy manager.

March 1997
Putin becomes Yeltsin's deputy chief of staff in charge of the Main Control Department.

May 1998
Putin is named presidential first deputy chief of staff in charge of Russian regions.

July 1998 - August 1999
Putin serves as director of the Federal Security Service, a successor agency to the KGB.

March - August 1999
Putin also serves as Russian Security Council secretary.

August 1999
Putin is appointed prime minister.

Dec. 31, 1999 Yeltsin abruptly resigns, naming Putin acting president pending elections.

March 26, 2000 Putin is elected president of Russia. He wins in the first round, capturing just over 50 percent of the vote.

March 14 , 2004: re-elected President of Russia for a second term.

May 8  2008: appointed Prime Minister by presidential decree 2008–2012

Elected President of Russia on May 4, 2012 2012–2018

2018–present: Fourth presidential term

2021 Following a referendum, he decreed constitutional amendments into law, allowing him to run for president twice more, meaning Putin could be Russia’s president up until 2036.  

Ph.D. in Economics; fluent in German and English.

Family status: divorced Lyudmila Putina  in 2013 ,  two daughters, Maria (b. 1985) and Katerina (b. 1986).