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Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Profession: Russian President


Biography: Putin has been in his second term as the President of Russia since 2012, having served a previous term from 2000 until 2008. Between 2008 and 2012 he served as prime minister in the cabinet of President Dmitry Medvedev.

While his rule in Russia has seen the economy, general living standards and levels of law and order improve drastically since he took office after the economic collapse of the 1990s, he has been criticized domestically and abroad for his increasingly authoritarian rule, his intervention in Ukraine and for perceived levels of corruption in the Russian government.

Born: October 7, 1952
Birthplace: Leningrad, Russia
Age: 69 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra

Married Life

  • 1983-07-28 Russian president Vladimir Putin (30) weds flight attendant Lyudmila Shkrebneva (25)
  • 2013-06-07 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces his divorce from his wife on national TV

Historical Events

  • 1998-10-01 Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
  • 1999-12-31 Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting President
  • 2005-02-23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.
  • 2007-06-12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin
  • 2008-05-08 Dmitry Medvedev appoints Vladimir Putin as Russian Prime Minister
  • 2012-03-04 Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud
  • 2012-05-07 Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six-year term as President of Russia
  • 2012-05-08 Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin
  • 2012-12-28 Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children
  • 2014-03-01 US President Barack Obama warns Russian President Vladimir Putin over involvement in Ukraine
  • 2014-03-02 President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia's parliament to send troops to the Ukraine
  • 2014-03-10 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns Russia's Vladimir Putin that making Crimea part of Russia is illegal and in violation of Ukraine's constitution
  • 2014-05-21 Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure
  • 2014-11-15 Vladimir Putin's press secretary says media reports that the Russian president plans to leave the G20 Summit in Brisbane early are nonsense
  • 2016-03-14 President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria
  • 2016-09-18 In Russian elections Putin-backed United Russia party wins 54% of Parliamentary seats led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
  • 2017-07-30 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces American diplomats in Russia cut by 755 in response to American sanctions
  • 2018-03-01 Vladimir Putin in his annual state address claims Russia has an "invincible” intercontinental cruise missile
  • 2018-03-18 Vladimir Putin is elected to a new six-year term as Russian President with 76% of the vote, his fourth term
  • 2018-05-07 Vladimir Putin is sworn in as Russian President for another 6 years
  • 2018-05-15 Controversial Kerch bridge linking Russia and annexed Crimea opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin. At 19km the longest bridge in Europe.
  • 2018-07-16 US President Donald Trump appears to accept the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence services about Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, in an interview after the two leader's Helsinki Summit
  • 2018-08-29 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces new retirement ages, 60 for women, 65 for men in TV address, amid protests
  • 2019-01-14 US President Donald Trump denies he is a Russian agent after NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • 2019-07-04 Russian President Vladmir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican
  • 2019-07-31 Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian army to help put out huge wildfires in Siberia covering three million hectares (7.4 million acres) after 700,000 people sign petition
  • 2019-10-22 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agree deal to jointly control former Kurdish territory in Northern Syria
  • 2020-03-02 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
  • 2020-03-10 Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladimir Putin to hold office of President for life
  • 2020-04-28 President Vladimir Putin warns Russia has not yet reached the peak of COVID-19 infections, with 93,000 recorded cases and 867 deaths
  • 2020-05-12 Russia's confirmed cases of COVID-19 reach 232,000, 2nd highest in the world, a day after President Vladimir Putin eased the country's lockdown
  • 2020-07-01 Russian President Vladimir Putin wins national referendum allowing longer presidential terms of office
  • 2020-08-11 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun
  • 2021-03-16 Declassified US intelligence report says Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized efforts to aid re-election of Donald Trump
  • 2021-03-18 US President Joe Biden agrees Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer" in ABC News interview. Putin responds "It takes one to know one" a day later.
  • 2021-04-21 Russian President Vladimir Putin warns the West not to cross a "red line" in his state of the union address, amid massing of 100,000 Russian troops on Ukraine border
  • 2021-06-16 Summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, over issues including cyberattacks and human rights
  • 2021-12-07 US President Joe Biden warns Russian President Vladimir Putin of economic consequences if Russia continues a military build-up in the Ukraine, during a virtual meeting
  • 2022-02-07 French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow amid build-up of Russian troops on border with Ukraine
  • 2022-02-21 Russian leader Vladimir Putin recognises Russia-backed separatists in two Ukrainian regions, ordering in troops for "peacekeeping functions"
  • 2022-02-24 Russian leader Vladimir Putin announces the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine to "demilitarize" the country moments before Russia launches a full-scale invasion
  • 2022-03-01 US President Joe Biden's says Vladimir Putin has "badly miscalculated" by invading Ukraine in his State of the Union address
  • 2022-03-26 US President Joe Biden says of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power" in unscripted remarks in Poland

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