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.
 

Helicopter failure almost resulted in tragedy

Governance20.09.2017

The circumstances of the incident at the Luzhsky training ground have been revealed. 

Nord Stream overflow

Business14.09.2017

Nord Stream 2 participants will have to invest their money in the project instead of banks. 

Moscow named the final cost of the Zaryadye park

Governance11.09.2017

Expenditures for the construction of the Zaryadye park near the Kremlin amounted to 14 billion rubles. This is almost three times more than was envisaged at the beginning of the project.

The Russian authorities are short of 2 trillion rubles in 2017

Governance11.09.2017

Even the Russian Ministry of Finance cannot scrape together enough money for the military, road construction and special medicine. In 2019-2020, the government will need another 4 "extra" trillion rubles.

Russian Ministry of Energy won't allow Rosneft and Novatek to export gas

Governance08.09.2017

Monopoly on the export of Russian gas belongs to Gazprom, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.

The bridge to Sakhalin is not needed, but will be built

Governance08.09.2017

This bridge will be the construction project of the next decade: the costs may exceed 600 billion rubles, although there is no acute need for the project.

The Ministry of Justice noted violations in the alleged Putin's daughter's fund

Society30.08.2017

If Katerina Tikhonova does not eliminate them, she faces a fine of 2 thousand rubles.

Elementary, Putin!

Governance30.08.2017

How the president's friends took over his patrimonial home.

Another Putin's friend found in Russia

Governance25.08.2017

Ilya Traber, a former submarine officer and the gangster king of Petersburg in the 90s, now owns a business worth at least $1.5 billion. Probably because he's another friend of Vladimir Putin.

The new residence of Vladimir Putin

Officials24.08.2017

There are rumors that the historic Villa Selgrena near Vyborg, where the episodes of the Russian television series about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were filmed, will be turned into Putin's dacha. 

Experts said that positions of Sechin, Volodin and Rotenberg may weaken

Governance23.08.2017

Positions of Igor Sechin, Vyacheslav Volodin and Arkady Rotenberg as the president's close associates may weaken after the elections of 2018. Dmitry Medvedev has the most stable position, a new report by "Minchenko Consulting" says.

Rosneft, Nord Stream and Putin's admiration: what does Gerhard Schröder do in Russia?

Business22.08.2017

Gerhard Schröder has both political and long-term business relations with Russia, which the German leadership does not like.

Russian Central Bank will present $109 billion to the US

Officials07.08.2017

It sounds like an ultimatum: if the Bank of Russia does not withdraw $109 billion invested in US debt obligations and does not transfer them to securities in Europe and China, the Federation Council will have to go back to the question of its nationalization.

Andrey Malakhov will leave Russian Channel One

Society04.08.2017

The rumor that TV presenter Andrey Malakhov will leave the show "Let them talk" is gathering new evidence.

Vladimir Putin did not support Igor Sechin

Officials04.08.2017

Vladimir Putin ordered Dmitry Medvedev's government to facilitate the dialogue between Gazprom and Rosneft.

Anton Vaino may head Putin's headquarters in the 2018 elections

Governance28.07.2017

It follows from the "technological" nature of the campaign itself, experts say.

How the family of Vladimir Putin’s US-sanctioned ally uses British companies to burnish its reputation

Business26.07.2017

The journey of a member of the global super-rich often traverses three main stages, as he (these are pretty much all men) moves from a position of power at home to a life of wealth and luxury abroad.

German media blame Vladimir Putin for the scandal with turbines in the Crimea

Officials22.07.2017

Journalists learned that Putin had promised not to use Siemens turbines in the Crimea.

AFK Sistema complained about the judge and Igor Sechin to President Vladimir Putin

Governance19.07.2017

The company considers illegal the decision to arrest its property at a claim of 170 billion rubles.

Russian Arctic programs are in jeopardy

Officials12.07.2017

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

Governance12.07.2017

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

Business10.07.2017

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

Business06.07.2017

Gazprom is reviving the project on a small scale.

Russian cities, coal dust and noise

Business06.07.2017

Russia can lose almost half of coal transshipment.

Rats and moles attack Vladimir Putin's residence

Governance05.07.2017

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

Black marketeers and investors flee from Russia

Business03.07.2017

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

Japanese business is eyeing the Kurils

Governance03.07.2017

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

Business18.06.2017

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