President of Russia
Vladimir Vladimirovich PUTIN
Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad on October 7, 1952.
In 1975, he graduated with a degree in law from Leningrad State University. He later earned a Ph.D. degree in economics.
After graduation, Mr. Putin was assigned to work in the KGB. From 1985 to 1990, he worked in East Germany.
In 1990, he became assistant to the rector of Leningrad State University responsible for international affairs.
His next position was an advisor to the chairman of the Leningrad City Council.
In June 1991, he became chairman of the St. Petersburg City Council's International Relations Committee and, starting with 1994, he combined this post with the position of First Deputy Chairman of the St. Petersburg City Government (First Deputy Mayor).
In August 1996, he was appointed deputy head of the President's Administrative Directorate (Property Management Directorate).
In March 1997, he became deputy head of the Executive Office of the President (Presidential Administration) and head of the Central Supervision and Inspections Directorate.
In May 1998, he was promoted to first deputy head of the Presidential Administration.
In July 1998, he was appointed director of the Federal Security Service and, as of March 1999, he combined this position with that of Secretary of the Security Council.
In August 1999, he was appointed Prime Minister.
On December 31, 1999, he became acting President.
On March 26, 2000, he was elected President of Russia and was inaugurated on May 7, 2000.
On March 14, 2004, he was elected President of Russia for the second term.
Since May 8, 2008, Vladimir Putin is a Prime Minister of Russia.
On March 4, 2012, he was elected President of Russia and inaugurated on May 7, 2012.
Married to Lyudmila Putina. They have two daughters: Maria (1985), Katerina (1986).
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