10 things to know about Vladimir Putin – the president of Russia

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin has been in office as Russia’s president or prime minister for more than two decades. Here are 10 things you may not know about Vladimir Putin:

  1. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born Oct. 7, 1952, in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia. His parents were Vladimir Putin and Maria Putin.
    Putin is his parents’ third son but was the only one to survive.
  2. According to his personal website, Putin considered himself a “troublemaker” as a child. As he got older, he earned high marks in school.
    He attended Leningrad State University and graduated in 1975 with a degree in law.
  3. Putin can speak German and English fluently and served in the KGB as an intelligence officer for several years.
    He has a black belt in judo and is a fan of the Beatles.
  4. Putin married Lyudmila Shkrebneva in 1983. The couple had two daughters, Maria and Katerina. He and his wife divorced in 2013.
  5. In 2007, he was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”
  6. In 1999, Putin was appointed as prime minister of the Russian government by then-President Boris Yeltsin.
    He became the president of Russia in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004. He was forced to leave the presidency in 2008 but was re-elected into his third term as Russia’s president in 2012.
  7. What are Putin’s hopes for Russia-US relations under Biden?
    The Russian president said the two countries’ relations had become ‘hostage’ to US domestic politics. Learn more
  8. Why does Putin have an unusual walking style?
    Vladimir Putin walks with a reduced swing in his right arm, which he may have acquired through KGB weapons training. Learn more
  9. What was Putin like as a KGB spy?
    Vladimir Putin was a “conscientious and disciplined” spy, declassified KGB documents say. Learn more
  10. Will Vladimir Putin be Russia’s ‘leader for life’?
    Russians grant Vladimir Putin right to extend rule until 2036 in landslide vote. Learn more

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