Here’s a look at the life of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Birthday: October 7, 1952
Place of birth: Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia
Birth Name: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Father: Vladimir Putin, a factory master
Mother: Maria Putin
Marriage: Lyudmila (Shkrebneva) Putin (July 28, 1983-2014, divorced)
Children: Ekaterina and Maria
Education: Leningrad State University, Law, 1975
Religion: orthodox christian
Likes to train and has a black belt in judo.
Grew up in a communal apartment shared by three families.
Served as an intelligence officer in the KGB before getting involved in politics.
1975 – Join the State Security Committee (KGB). Is on the staff of the First General Directorate for Foreign News of the KGB and assigned to shadow foreign visitors.
1984 – – Is selected to attend the Red Banner Institute of Intelligence where he is learning German and English.
1985 – Is assigned to counter-espionage tasks in Dresden. Reportedly monitored the loyalty of Soviet diplomats.
1990 – Becomes Deputy Rector (Dean) for International Affairs at Leningrad State University. According to reports, the loyalty of students and shadow foreigners monitored.
1991 – Turns to politics when he becomes advisor to one of his mentors in law school, Anatoly Sobchak, who is running for mayor of Leningrad. After Sobchak wins the election, Putin is appointed chairman of the international relations committee at the town hall. He resigns from the KGB.
1997 – Putin is appointed deputy chief administrator of the Kremlin under President Boris Yeltsin.
1998 – Head of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
1999 – Secretary of the Russian Security Council.
August 9, 1999 – Yeltsin appoints Putin as prime minister.
December 31, 1999 – Yeltsin resigns amid scandal and Putin becomes incumbent president. He grants Yeltsin immunity from prosecution.
March 26, 2000 – Is elected President of Russia.
May 7, 2000 – Putin is sworn in.
June 16, 2001 – Putin meets with US President George W. Bush and the men hold a joint press conference. Bush tells reporters that during the two-hour meeting he got a feel for Putin’s soul.
May 24, 2002 – Putin and Bush signs the Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions, according to which each country must reduce its stocks of strategic nuclear warheads within ten years.
March 15, 2004 – Will be re-elected as an independent after a campaign.
May 7, 2004 – – Putin is sworn in for his second term.
April 27, 2005 – Becomes the first Russian guide to visit Israel.
October 4th to 5th, 2005 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits and announces increased Russia-UK cooperation to combat terrorism.
September 5, 2006 – Meeting with South African President Thabo Mbeki on a Russian leader’s first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.
December 19, 2007 – Voted Person of the Year by Time Magazine.
March 2, 2008 – Dmitry Medvedev is elected President of Russia.
May 7, 2008 – Just two hours after his president was sworn in, Medvedev appoints Putin as prime minister.
August 2008 – Russia gets into a military conflict with neighboring Georgia.
September 24, 2011 – Medvedev calls on the ruling United Russia party to support Putin as president in 2012. Putin, in turn, suggests that Medvedev take over the role of prime minister if the party wins the parliamentary elections in December.
March 4, 2012 – Putin wins a third term as president with just under 65% of the vote. Critics question the results of complaints about election fraud.
May 7, 2012 – Putin is sworn in under strict security precautions. Hundreds of demonstrators are arrested by the police.
December 14, 2012 – US President Barack Obama signs the Magnitsky Act, a law that imposes travel and financial restrictions on people in Russia suspected of suspected human rights abuses. The law is named after Sergey Magnitsky, a lawyer who mysteriously died in 2009 after finding evidence that Russian officials had committed tax fraud.
December 28, 2012 – In response to the Magnitsky Law, Putin signs a law effectively prohibiting US citizens from adopting Russian children. The law also prohibits US-funded civic groups from operating in Russia.
6th June 2013 – During an interview broadcast on state television, Putin and his wife Lyudmila announce that their marriage has ended.
September 11, 2013 – Putin publishes a commentary on the Syrian civil war in the New York Times.
March 2014 – Putin sends troops to Crimea after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled violent protests.
August 6, 2014 – Putin signs a decree banning food and agricultural imports from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.
September 28, 2015 – Putin attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York and later meets with Obama. The two heads of state and government are discussing Ukraine and Syria, according to senior US officials. It is their first face-to-face meeting since Russia invaded Ukraine.
January 21, 2016 – A UK investigation is published containing evidence that Putin authorized the 2006 operation to kill ex-FSB spy Alexander Litvinenko.
July 25, 2016 – The FBI announces that it has opened an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer system. Although the statement doesn’t suggest the agency has any specific suspect or suspects in mind, US officials tell CNN that they believe the cyber attack was linked to Russia.
September 1, 2016 – During an interview with Bloomberg News, Putin denies that the Russian government was involved in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.
December 30, 2016 – Putin says Russia will not expel American diplomats in response to the Obama administration’s new sanctions and the expulsion of 35 diplomats from the United States. He says he will instead try to rebuild relations with the new administration of US President-elect Donald Trump.
January 6, 2017 – The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a declassified report stating that Putin ordered an “influence campaign” aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
January 17, 2017 – At a According to Putin, a damned dossier on Trump is “wrong” and denies allegations that his country’s security services were monitoring the elected US president.
July 7, 2017 – Meets Trump for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. During a two-hour meeting, the men reportedly discussed allegations of Russia’s interference in the US elections and the war in Syria, among other things. Hours later, they are again conversing informally with other heads of state over dinner.
July 30, 2017 – Putin announces that Russia is implementing a series of measures in response to a new sanctions law approved by Trump. He says 755 employees at US diplomatic missions in Russia are being displaced from their jobs.
March 1, 2018 – During his annual address to parliament, Putin boasts of the country’s nuclear capabilities and declares that Russian missiles can evade air defense systems. A video simulation shows nuclear warheads flying through space and raining on a peninsula similar to the state of Florida.
March 18, 2018 – Putin wins the election with 76.7% of the vote, according to the Russian Central Electoral Commission. His most prominent challenger, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was banned from running. International election observers say the votes were counted in an orderly manner, but criticize state coverage of the presidential race, which Putin strongly encouraged.
May 7, 2018 – Is sworn in as President for another six years.
July 16, 2018 – Putin and Trump meet in Helsinki and hold a joint press conference. Trump refuses to support the US administration’s view that Russia interfered in the elections. “I have great confidence in my intelligence officers, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his rejection today,” says Trump.
November 28, 2018 – British authorities believe that Putin authorized a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy. The attack in Salisbury, England made Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia sick. Another woman who came into contact with the poison died.
April 25, 2019 – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Putin in Vladivostok. The summit includes one-on-one meetings, but no signed agreements or joint statements.
May 14, 2019 – Putin meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who hopes the US and Russia can forge a more cooperative relationship. Pompeo says he wants countries to work together “to make our two peoples and frankly the world more successful”.
July 3, 2019 – Putin signs a law suspending Russia’s participation in the treaty on medium-range nuclear forces.
October 22, 2019 – Putin meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi and the men announce a far-reaching agreement on Syria and announce that Russian and Turkish troops will patrol the Turkish-Syrian border. The Kurdish forces have about six days to withdraw about 20 miles from the border.
January 15, 2020 – Putin announces plans to implement reforms that would make his successor as president less powerful. Authority would be redistributed to give more leverage to the Russian parliament and the prime minister’s office. The entire government resigns on the same day.
April 5, 2021 – Putin signs constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek two more six-year terms when his presidency ends in 2024.