Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (; born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and a former intelligence officer. He has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously being in the office from 1999 until 2008. He was also Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. Putin studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975.
About Vladimir Putin in brief
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (; born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and a former intelligence officer. He has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously being in the office from 1999 until 2008. He was also Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. Putin studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975. He worked as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, before resigning in 1991 to begin a political career in Saint Petersburg. He later moved to Moscow in 1996 to join the administration of President Boris Yeltsin, before being appointed as Prime Minister in August 1999. In 2012, Putin sought a third term as president and won with 64% of the vote. In 2018, Putin was re-elected for a six-year term ending in 2024. Under Putin’s leadership, Russia has experienced democratic backsliding. Experts do not generally consider Russia to be a democracy, citing jailing of political opponents, purges and curtailed press freedom, and the lack of free and fair elections. Russia has scored poorly on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index and Freedom House’s Freedom in the World index. Human rights organizations and activists accuse Putin of persecuting political critics and activists as well as ordering them tortured or assassinated.
Putin’s birth was preceded by the deaths of two brothers, Viktor and Albert, born in the mid-1930s. His father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy, serving in the submarine fleet in the early 1930s. He is a black belt in sambo and judo. He wished to emulate the intelligence officers portrayed in Soviet cinema. He speaks German fluently and speaks German at an early age. Putin received 76% of. the vote in the 2018 election and was re. elected for a 6-yearterm ending in 2016. He also won the election for a second term in 2012, and again in 2018. His maternal grandmother was killed by the German occupiers of Tver region in 1941, and his maternal uncles disappeared during the Eastern Front during World War II. On 1 September 1960, Putin started at school No. 193 at Baskov Lane, near his home, near Leningradsk, in the class of a few 45 pupils who was not yet a member of the Young Pioneer organization. Putin was named after Andrei Zhdanov, a Soviet soldier who was killed in the Battle of Leningrsk on September 1, 1960. His mother was a factory worker and his father served in the destruction battalion of the NKVD. In the early 1960s, he was one of the few pupils in a class of approximately 45 who wasn’t yet a Pioneer organization member. He studied at Saint Petersburg High School 281 and studied German at St Petersburg State University. In 1970, he began to practice sambo, judo and sambo black belt.