Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (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 the language fluently. 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.

Russian Arctic programs are in jeopardy


The strategic program for the development of the North has been cut by the Russian government by 17 times. At the same time it turned out that the construction of nuclear icebreakers "Arktika", "Siberia" and "Ural" was disrupted because of technical problems that arose after the "annexation" of the subtropical Crimea.

"The Arctic" is adrift


The Federal Security Service and the Prosecutor General's Office will investigate the situation around Russia's atomic icebreaker.

Vitaly Granovsky defamed Russia in front of Nicaragua and the whole world


The Russian vaccine factory in Nicaragua fell victim to the brilliant personnel policy of the Ministry of Health.

South Stream is looking for a new course


Gazprom is reviving the project on a small scale.

Russian cities, coal dust and noise


Russia can lose almost half of coal transshipment.

Rats and moles attack Vladimir Putin's residence


Removal of rodents and moles from Putin's residence will cost 837 million rubles.

Black marketeers and investors flee from Russia


Geopolitics, corporate conflicts and a drop in oil prices have led to an outflow of capital from Russia.

Japanese business is eyeing the Kurils


For the first time in the history of the Kuril Islands they were visited the Japanese business mission. The delegation included representatives of 32 private companies, as well as state and municipal agencies, headed by special adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, Eiichi Hasegawa.

Gazprom lost everything


The gas corporation is rapidly losing its indicators and is becoming increasingly inefficient and useless.

Time said about the visits of Kirill Shamalov and Lyudmila Putina to Biarritz


The deputy mayor assured the magazine that the property bought by the president's relatives was purchased exclusively for honestly earned money.

Convenient interlocutor: why Putin's choice fell on Oliver Stone


The American television channel Showtime began broadcasting Oliver Stone's documentary about Putin. The goal is to help Americans understand the mentality of the Russian leader, but experts doubt that the filmmaker will succeed.

Putin's plan to get billions back from offshore havens gave the opposite effect


Putin's oligarchs prefer to become non-residents of Russia, just not to give information about their assets abroad.

Vladimir Putin and his Crimean palaces


FSO is engaged in re-planning of state summer houses and recreation hotels in Yalta: German, Belarusian and Ukrainian companies cooperate without fear of sanctions.

The Russian FSB will take away citizens' land assets


Following the FSO, the FSB got exclusive rights to seize land assets in Russia.

The Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press


The reason is the publication about cooperation with the ex-head of the election headquarters of Trump, Manafort.

German communication agent of the Russian president


The $17 billion deal between Rosneft and British oil and gas giant British Petroleum was consulted by the firm with the participation of an old Putin friend, Matthias Warnig.

In 2016, Vladimir Putin earned more than Dmitry Medvedev


The Minister for the North Caucasus Lev Kuznetsov turned out to be the richest person in the Russian government.

The villa of Lyudmila Putina's alleged new husband was found in France


Arthur Ocheretny, whom the media previously called the potential new husband of Lyudmila Putina, is the owner of a villa in France worth €6-7 million, OCCPR found out.

Udmurt bridges could not bear the governor Soloviev


The head of Udmurtia Alexander Soloviev fell victim to the greed and denunciations of his colleagues related to the carving of the budget for road construction in the republic.

Katerina Tikhonova targeting the Olympic Games


The alleged "daughter" of Vladimir Putin promotes acrobatic rock 'n' roll as an Olympic sport.

Hidden $100 billion: how Russia supports Belarusian economy


Russia and Belarus have reached the next anniversary of the Union with a crisis in bilateral relations. RBC has estimated how much it costs for Russia to support its "special relationship" with Minsk.

Grigory Ivliev's patents


Head of Rospatent Grigoriy Ivliev wants to take control of the entire country's intellectual property. Russia in this case faces the redistribution of "intellectual property" with an unknown outcome.

Expensive guests: how much is spent on the official residences in Russia


How much costs the life of a Russian high-ranking official.

British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money


Billions of dollars were moved out of Russia in ‘Global Laundromat’ operation, with anonymously owned UK companies playing major role.

"I find it funny when people say that I should live in Russia"


Elizaveta Peskova about her life in Paris.

Europe is looking to replace Gazprom


EU will finance projects worth 444 million euros, including projects alternate to Gazprom.

Ryazan Oblast is in good hands


The newly appointed Acting Governor of Ryazan Nikolay Lyubimov promised the president "to make everything like in Kaluga."

Landing denied


Belarus is barganing on the deployment of a Russian air base on its territory.