Vladimir Putin(The man without a face)
Vladimir Putin served as president of Russia from 2000-2008, then he served at Russia's prime minister, then he ran again in 2012 and is now president for the third time.
He was born in Leningrad which is now St. Peters-burg Russia on October 7th 1952. His mother was a factory worker and his father served in the war. He has two elder brothers. He started school September 1, 1960. Putin graduated from the international law branch of the law department of the Leningrad state university.“I come from an ordinary family, and this is how I lived for a long time, nearly my whole life I lived as an average, normal person and I have always maintained that connection” Mr Putin recalls.
In 1980 Putin met his wife Lyudmila who was working as a flight attendant at the time. The couple married in 1983 and had two daughters, but in June of 2013 they announced they were getting a divorce.
He is an orthodox christian.
Putin when he was younger.
Putin's Rise of Power
Vladimir Putin is a national savior and hero, a man, sober and exceptionally smart, who stepped from shadows to resuscitate a proud country that others had run aground, looted, and left for dead. After eight years as president, a period marked by a surging economy and an unexpectedly victorious war in Chechnya, he surrendered one of the most seductively powerful offices on earth voluntarily and according to Russia's constitution, with Moscow's influence in the world restored and with a large fraction of Russia's citizens better off than they ever had been. He has been a bridge from post communist chaos and hardship to national stability, freer markets, individual economic choice, and the possibility of democracy.
Style of Government
Putin’s current domestic priority is to shore up the slowing Russian economy against external shocks and crises and make sure that nothing goes terribly wrong.
The foreign policy of Vladimir Putin concerns the policy initiatives of Vladimir Putin made towards other nations during his tenure as President of Russia. He previously served that position from 2000 to 2008, and has held the position since 2012.
In my previous articles I have discussed some of the key foreign challenges that Russia now faces. This subject deserves more detailed discussion and not only because foreign policy is an integral part of any government strategy. External challenges and the changing world around us are forcing us to make decisions that have implications for our economy, our culture, and our budgetary and investment planning. Russia is part of the greater world whether we are talking about the economy, the spread of information or the development of culture. We do not wish to and cannot isolate ourselves. We hope that our openness will lead to economic and cultural development in Russia while increasing levels of mutual trust, a resource that is in increasingly short supply today. However, we intend to be consistent in proceeding from our own interests and goals rather than decisions dictated by someone else. Russia is only respected and has its interests considered when the country is strong and stands firmly on its own feet. Russia has generally enjoyed the privilege of conducting an independent foreign policy and this is what it will continue to do. In addition, I am convinced that global security can only be achieved through cooperation with Russia rather than by attempts to push it into the background, weaken its geopolitical position or compromise its defenses. Our foreign policy objectives are strategic in nature and are not based on opportunistic considerations. They reflect Russia's unique role on the world political map as well as its role in history and in the development of civilization. I do not doubt that we will continue on our constructive course to enhance global security, renounce confrontation, and counter challenges like the proliferation of nuclear weapons, regional conflict and crises, terrorism and drug trafficking. We will do everything we can to see that Russia enjoys the latest achievements in scientific and technical progress and to assist our entrepreneurs in occupying their rightful place in the world market. We will strive to ensure a new world order, one that meets current geopolitical realities, and one that develops smoothly and without unnecessary upheaval.
In October 2013, Forbes Magazine named Russian President Vladimir Putin the "Most Powerful Person In The World."
He is currently president of Russia.
He's best known for his exposure of the Soviet Gulag system and his staunch anti-communism.