Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin

Russian politician, second President of the Russian Federation, current Prime Minister of Russia.add

Category: Politics

Born in 1952.

Countries: Russia (52%), (9%), United States (9%)

Main connections: Dmitry Medvedev, Boris Berezovsky (businessman), Boris Yeltsin

Linked to: United Russia, Soviet Union, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, International Olympic Committee




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Vladimir Putin was born in 1952 add something


On 1 September 1960, he started at School No. 193 at Baskov Lane, just across from his house. add something


Putin began training in sambo at the age of 14, before switching to judo, which he continues to practice today. add something


Putin earned Master of Sports in judo in 1975 and in sambo in 1973. add something


Putin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University in 1975, writing his final thesis on international law. add something


Putin joined the KGB in 1975 upon graduation from university, and underwent a year's training at the 401st KGB school in Okhta, Leningrad. add something


From 1985 to 1990, the KGB stationed Putin in Dresden, East Germany. add something


They have two daughters, Mariya Putina and Yekaterina Putina (born 31 August 1986 in Dresden). add something


Petersburg) and Yekaterina Putina (born 31 August 1986 in Dresden). add something


In May 1990, Putin was appointed Mayor Sobchak's advisor on international affairs. add something


Dmitry Kozak - Dmitry Kozak is known as a close ally of former prime minister and current, for the third time President of the RF Vladimir Putin, having worked with him in the St Petersburg city administration during the 1990s and later becoming one of the key figures in Putin's presidential team


On 28 June 1991, he was appointed head of the Committee for External Relations of the Saint Petersburg Mayor's Office, with responsibility for promoting international relations and foreign investments. add something


While at university he became a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and remained a member until the party was dissolved in December 1991. add something


Putin resigned from the active state security services at the beginning of 1992, after the defeat of the KGB-supported abortive putsch against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. add something


Leonid Kuchma - Vladimir Putin was one of the company's advisers from 1992 until he became President of Russia in 2000


Viktor Zubkov - In January 1992 to November 1993 he was a deputy Chairman of the External Relations Committee of the Saint Petersburg Mayor Office led by Vladimir Putin


According to Putin's own statements, his religious awakening followed the serious car crash of his wife in 1993, and was deepened by a life-threatening fire that burned down their dacha in August 1996. add something


Mstislav Rostropovich - Having supported Yeltsin during the 1993 constitutional crisis , and was on friendly terms with Vladimir Putin


From 1994 to 1997, Putin was appointed to other positions in Saint Petersburg. add something


In March 1994, he became first deputy head of the city administration. add something


Yelena Bonner - In 1994, outraged by what she called genocide of the Chechen people, Bonner resigned from Yeltsin's Human Rights Commission and was an outspoken opponent to Russian armed involvement in Chechnya and critical of the Kremlin for allegedly returning to KGB-style authoritarianism under Vladimir Putin


From 1995 through June 1997, he led the Saint Petersburg branch of the pro-government Our Home Is Russia political party. add something


Despite the commission's recommendation that Putin be fired, Putin remained head of the Committee for External Relations until 1996. add something


In 1996, Anatoly Sobchak lost the Saint Petersburg mayoral election to Vladimir Yakovlev. add something


In 1996, Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky had acquired the controlling interest in Sibneft for $100 million within the controversial loans-for-shares program. add something


Putin was called to Moscow and in June 1996 became a Deputy Chief of the Presidential Property Management Department headed by Pavel Borodin. add something


Igor Sechin - From 1996 to 1997, Sechin served as a deputy of Vladimir Putin, who worked in the presidential property management department


Dmitry Medvedev - In June 1996, Medvedev's former colleague Vladimir Putin was brought into the Russian presidential administration, and three years later, on 16 August 1999, became Prime Minister of Russia.


Talks on a new Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, signed in 1997, remained stymied till the end of Putin's presidency due to vetoes by Poland and later Lithuania. add something


He occupied this position until March 1997. add something


On 26 March 1997 President Boris Yeltsin appointed Putin deputy chief of Presidential Staff, which he remained until May 1998, and chief of the Main Control Directorate of the Presidential Property Management Department. add something


On 27 June 1997, at the Saint Petersburg Mining Institute Putin defended his Candidate of Science dissertation in economics, titled "The Strategic Planning of Regional Resources Under the Formation of Market Relations". add something


Alexei Kudrin - In March 1997, he became First Deputy Finance Minister, and on 28 May 2000, he was appointed Finance Minister by the new President Vladimir Putin


On 25 May 1998, Putin was appointed First Deputy Chief of Presidential Staff for regions, replacing Viktoriya Mitina; and, on 15 July, the Head of the Commission for the preparation of agreements on the delimitation of power of regions and the federal center attached to the President, replacing Sergey Shakhray. add something


On 25 July 1998 Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin head of the FSB, the position Putin occupied until August 1999. add something


He became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation on 1 October 1998 and its Secretary on 29 March 1999. add something


Galina Starovoytova - New leadership came to the state security services as Vladimir Putin was appointed as head of FSB in July 1998


Between 1999–2007 inflation was kept at the forecast ceiling only twice, and in 2007 the inflation exceeded that of 2006, continuing an upward trend at the beginning of 2008. add something


In 1999, Yeltsin and his family were under scrutiny for charges related to money-laundering by the Russian and Swiss authorities. add something


Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: the Russian elections of 1999 and 2000. add something


In April 1999, FSB Chief Vladimir Putin and Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin held a televised press conference in which they discussed a video that had aired nationwide 17 March on the state-controlled Russia TV channel which showed a naked man very similar to the Prosecutor General of Russia, Yury Skuratov, in bed with two young women. add something


On 9 August 1999, Vladimir Putin was appointed one of three First Deputy Prime Ministers, which enabled him later on that day, as the previous government led by Sergei Stepashin had been sacked, to be appointed acting Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation by President Boris Yeltsin. add something


Putin's rise to public office in August 1999 coincided with an aggressive resurgence of the near-dormant conflict in the North Caucasus, when a number of Chechens invaded a neighboring region starting the War in Dagestan. add something


On 31 December 1999, Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned and, according to the constitution, Putin became Acting President of the Russian Federation. add something


On assuming the role of acting President on 31 December 1999, Putin went on a previously scheduled visit to Russian troops in Chechnya. add something


The first decree that Putin signed, on 31 December 1999, was titled "On guarantees for former president of the Russian Federation and members of his family". add something


Boris Berezovsky (businessman) - According to the Times, Spanish police discovered that on up to five different occasions in 1999 Putin had secretly visited a villa in Spain belonging to Berezovsky


Boris Berezovsky (businessman) - By the end of 1999 the Family had persuaded Yeltsin to name Putin his political successor and candidate for the presidency


Boris Berezovsky (businessman) - He accused Russia's FSB security service of staging the Moscow apartment bombings of 1999 in order to help Putin win the presidency


Turpal-Ali Atgeriyev - He has twice told Russian media that he alerted the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation Director Vladimir Putin in the summer of 1999 to the imminent incursion into Dagestan


Anatoly Sobchak - In June 1999 his friend Vladimir Putin became much politically stronger , and he was able to make the prosecutors drop the charges against Sobchak


Yury Luzhkov - However, Luzhkov's fortunes turned when Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin as Chairman of the Russian Government in August 1999


Nikolai Patrushev - He was appointed Director of the FSB on 9 August 1999 by Boris Yeltsin's decree, replacing Vladimir Putin


Dmitry Medvedev - In November 1999, Medvedev became one of several people from St. Petersburg brought by Vladimir Putin to top government positions in Moscow.


Yevgeny Primakov - Initially considered the man to beat, Primakov was rapidly overtaken by the factions loyal to Vladimir Putin in the Duma elections in December 1999


Boris Yeltsin - On 31 December 1999, Yeltsin made a surprise announcement of his resignation, leaving the presidency in the hands of his chosen successor, then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin


Alexander Voloshin - Voloshin retained his position after Vladimir Putin became Acting President on 31 December 1999 and was reappointed as the Chief of the Administration after Putin's inauguration as President in May. Voloshin quickly became a core member of Putin's team and was especially praised for his stamina and his ability to "devour work"


Putin with Fidel Castro in 2000, re-establishing close ties between Russia and Cuba. add something


The total numbers of cars and trucks produced in Russia between 2000–2008. add something


Leaders of the CIS at the Kremlin on 26 January 2000. add something


Having announced his intention to consolidate power in the country into a strict vertical, in May 2000 he issued a decree dividing 89 federal subjects of Russia between 7 federal districts overseen by representatives of him in order to facilitate federal administration. add something


Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina after his inauguration in May 2000. add something


Vladimir Putin taking the Presidential Oath on 7 May 2000 with Boris Yeltsin looking on. add something


Vladimir Putin was inaugurated president on 7 May 2000. add something


On 15 June 2000, The Times reported that Spanish police discovered that Putin had secretly visited a villa in Spain belonging to the oligarch Boris Berezovsky on up to five different occasions in 1999. add something


While his opponents had been preparing for an election in June 2000, Yeltsin's resignation resulted in the elections being held within three months, in March. add something


In July 2000, according to a law proposed by him and approved by the Russian parliament, Putin gained the right to dismiss heads of the federal subjects. add something


The first major challenge to Putin's popularity came in August 2000, when he was criticised for his alleged mishandling of the Kursk submarine disaster. add something


Putin on a tatami at the Kodokan Institute in Tokyo on 5 September 2000. add something


In December 2000, Putin sanctioned the law to change the National Anthem of Russia. add something


Vladimir Ryzhkov - After Vladimir Putin's election in 2000, Ryzhkov soon became one of the leading opposition figures


Vladimir Ryzhkov - After Vladimir Putin's election in 2000, Ryzhkov was dismissed from the coalition


Lyudmila Alexeyeva - In 2000, Alexeyeva joined a commission set up to advise then-President Vladimir Putin on human rights issues, a move that triggered criticism from some other rights activists


Dmitry Medvedev - Medvedev became one of the politicians closest to President Putin, and during the 2000 Presidential elections he was Putin's campaign manager.


Dmitry Medvedev - Medvedev with Vladimir Putin on 27 March 2000 after Putin's victory in the Presidential election the day before.


Vassili Kononov - In April 2000, immediately before judgement was to be handed down in his appeal with the Supreme Court of Latvia, he was offered citizenship of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin


Berel Lazar - He wasn't at Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May 2000, what apparently was related to the fact he wasn't citizen of Russia at the moment


German Gref - Gref was first appointed as Minister of the newly formed Ministry of Economic Development and Trade by Vladimir Putin on May 18, 2000


Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, attending a commemoration service for the victims of the September 11 attacks, 16 November 2001. add something


Mikhail Fradkov - He was made director of the Federal Tax Police by Vladimir Putin in 2001, having previously been Deputy Secretary of the Security Council


Dmitri Vrubel - In 2001, he and his wife, Viktoria Timofeyeva, created a limited edition large format calendar containing portraits of Russian President, Vladimir Putin called "The 12 moods of Putin"


Bridget Kendall - Kendall speaks fluent Russian and has interviewed world leaders including Vladimir Putin live from the Kremlin as part of an internet webcast in March 2001


Berel Lazar - On March 20, 2001 under instruction of the President Vladimir Putin Berel Lazar was included in the Presidential Council for Interaction with Religious Organizations and Unions; simultaneously Shayevich was excluded from the Council


Many in the Russian press and in the international media warned that the death of some 130 hostages in the special forces' rescue operation during the 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis would severely damage President Putin's popularity. add something


Putin with Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski, 17 January 2002. add something


Putin attending an Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on 5 May 2002. add something


Gennady Troshev - Due to this act, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree dismissing Troshev from his post in 2002


Sofia Rotaru - In August 2002 former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and President of Russia Vladimir Putin gave *awards to Sofia Rotaru for her 55th birthday, bestowing upon her the high rank of the Hero of Ukraine for her "outstanding personal merits in the sphere of art", and the Russian order "For merits before the Nation", respectively


In 2003, a controversial referendum was held in Chechnya adopting a new constitution which declares the Republic as a part of Russia. add something


Some see the crisis as originating with Britain's decision to grant Putin's former patron, Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, political asylum in 2003. add something


The arrest in early July 2003 of Platon Lebedev, a Mikhail Khodorkovsky partner and second largest shareholder in Yukos, on suspicion of illegally acquiring a stake in a state-owned fertilizer firm, Apatit, in 1994, foreshadowed what by the end of the year became a full-fledged prosecution of Yukos and its management for fraud, embezzlement, and tax evasion. add something


Yevgeny Primakov - In February and March 2003, he visited Iraq and talked with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, as a special representative of President Vladimir Putin


Jon Robert Holden - On October 20, 2003, Holden became a Russian citizen by decree of President Vladimir Putin


In 2004, President Putin signed the Kyoto Protocol treaty designed to reduce greenhouse gases. add something


Some oil revenue went to stabilization fund established in 2004. add something


Yukos Case Reflects Shift on Owning Assets, Notably in Energy by Peter Baker, Washington Post, 9 July 2004. add something


Some in Beslan blamed Putin personally for the massacre after the Beslan school hostage crisis in September 2004, in which hundreds died. add something


Vladislav Surkov - Allegedly he contributed greatly to the electoral victory of President Vladimir Putin in 2004


Viktor Yanukovych - In 2004 Yanukovych was seen as outgoing President Leonid Kuchma and Russian President Vladimir Putin's protégé


Berel Lazar - In 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an edict to honor him with the Order of Friendship


Mikhail Kasyanov - The last member of the Russian government closely associated with Yeltsin, Kasyanov was dismissed, along with the entire Russian cabinet, by President Vladimir Putin on 24 February 2004 after more than three years in office


Zhang Deguang - In March 2004 President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin awarded Zhang Deguang with Commemorative Medal on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg


Sergey Lavrov - On 9 March 2004, President Vladimir Putin appointed Lavrov to the post of Minister for Foreign Affairs


Mikhail Fradkov - On 12 May 2004, Fradkov was appointed Prime Minister for the second time, as Vladimir Putin had won the presidential election and been inaugurated on 7 May. See Mikhail Fradkov's Second Cabinet


Recep Tayyip Erdogan - In December 2004, President Putin visited Turkey


In 2005, Putin initiated an industry consolidation programme to bring the main aircraft producing companies under a single umbrella organization, the &United_Aircraft_Corporation. add something


In 2005, responsibility for federal prisons was transferred from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Ministry of Justice. add something


In late 2005, the government enacted legislation to create special economic zones with the aim of encouraging investments by foreign automotive companies. add something


Putin aboard the battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy during the Northern Fleet maneuvers in the Barents Sea, 2005. add something


Putin with Gerhard Schröder in 2005. add something


The deliveries of civilian aircraft increased to 6 in 2005, and in 2009 the industry delivered 15 civilian aircraft, worth 12.5 billion roubles, mostly to domestic customers. add something


The fund accumulated oil revenue, which allowed Russia to repay all of the Soviet Union's debts by 2005. add something


Putin at the opening of the Blue Stream gas pipeline, 17 November 2005. add something


Vyacheslav Dudka - He was nominated by Vladimir Putin in 2005


Robert Kraft - In 2005, a minor international incident was caused when it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin had inadvertently taken one of Kraft's three Super Bowl rings


Ilya Yashin - In 2005, he spoke against the Nashi movement, which supported President Vladimir Putin


Viktor Shershunov - In 2005, he was reappointed by Vladimir Putin after direct elections for governors was replaced with presidential appointment


Leonid Korotkov - In February 2005, Korotkov was renominated by President Vladimir Putin and confirmed for a second term by the local Parliament


Sergey Sobyanin - Vladimir Putin nominated him for election by the Duma of the Tyumen Oblast and he was finally reelected on 17 February 2005


Pyotr Sumin - In April 2005, following changes in the law, he was nominated for a third term by Russian President Vladimir Putin and unanimously confirmed by the Oblast assembly


Anatoly Artamonov - On July 21, 2005, President Vladimir Putin nominated Artamonov to retain his position; the nomination was confirmed by the Kaluga duma on July 26


Recep Tayyip Erdogan - In November 2005, Putin attended the inauguration of a jointly constructed Blue Stream natural gas pipeline in Turkey


Dmitry Medvedev - In November 2005, Medvedev moved from the presidential administration to the government when Putin appointed him as the First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.


Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov - Since November 14, 2005, he has been President Vladimir Putin's Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District


Since 2006, much efforts were put into consolidation and development of the Rosatom Nuclear Energy State Corporation, which led to the renewed construction of nuclear power plants in Russia as well as a vast activity of Rosatom abroad, buying huge shares in world's leading uranium production companies and building nuclear power plants in in many countries, including Iran, China, Vietnam and Belarus. add something


The most high-profile change within the national priority project frameworks was probably the 2006 across-the-board increase in wages in healthcare and education, as well as the decision to modernise equipment in both sectors in 2006 and 2007. add something


First proposed by Vladislav Surkov in February 2006, the term quickly gained currency within Russia and arguably unified various political elites around it. add something


Since February 2006, Putin's administration has often been described as a "Sovereign democracy", a term with both positive and pejorative connotations. add something


In September 2006, France's president Jacques Chirac awarded Vladimir Putin the Grand-Croix of the Legion d'honneur, the highest French decoration, to celebrate his contribution to the friendship between the two countries. add something


On 7 October 2006, Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who exposed corruption in the Russian army and its conduct in Chechnya, was shot in the lobby of her apartment building. add something


Alexander Litvinenko - In an article written by Litvinenko in July 2006, and published online on Zakayev's Chechenpress website, he claimed that Vladimir Putin is a paedophile


Mikhail Prokhorov - In August 2006, he was awarded the Order of Friendship for his significant contribution to the growth of Russia's economic potential, when the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed an order for the granting of state honors on 18 August 2006


Valentina Matviyenko - On 6 December 2006, one year before her term as elected governor would expire, Valentina Matviyenko asked Vladimir Putin to nominate her for approval according to the new legislation, and he agreed


In 2007, Russia's GDP exceeded that of Russian SFSR in 1990, meaning it has overcome the devastating consequences of the 1998 financial crisis and preceding recession in the 1990s. add something


In 2007, "Dissenters' Marches" were organized by the opposition group The Other Russia, led by former chess champion Garry Kasparov and national-Bolshevist leader Eduard Limonov. add something


In 2007, the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation was established, aimed to boost the science and technology and high-tech industry in Russia. add something


In a 2007 interview with newspaper journalists from G8 countries, Putin spoke out in favor of a longer presidential term in Russia, saying "a term of five, six or seven years in office would be entirely acceptable". add something


In a similar fashion, Putin created the United Shipbuilding Corporation in 2007, which led to the recovery of shipbuilding in Russia. add something


Putin was Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2007. add something


Vladimir Putin in Tuva, doing fishing beefcake in 2007. add something


During the Dissenters' March in Saint Petersburg on 3 March 2007, the protesters blocked automobile traffic on Nevsky Prospect, the central street of the city, much to the disturbance of local drivers. add something


In June 2007, Putin organised a conference for history teachers to promote a high-school teachers manual called A Modern History of Russia: 1945–2006: A Manual for History Teachers which portrays Joseph Stalin as a cruel but successful leader. add something


Following the Peace Mission 2007 military exercises jointly conducted by the SCO, Putin announced on 17 August 2007 the resumption on a permanent basis of long-distance patrol flights of Russia's strategic bombers that were suspended in 1992. add something


In August 2007, a Russian expedition named Arktika 2007, led by Artur Chilingarov, planted a Russian flag on the seabed below the North Pole. add something


On 12 September 2007, Putin dissolved the government upon the request of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. add something


On 16 October 2007 Putin visited Iran to participate in the Second Caspian Summit in Tehran , where he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. add something


By Doug Struck The Washington Post 5 December 2007. add something


In December 2007 Putin was named Person of the Year by Expert magazine, an influential and respected Russian business weekly. add something


In December 2007, Russian sociologist Igor Eidman called the regime that had solidified under Putin "the power of bureaucratic oligarchy", with "the traits of extreme right-wing dictatorship — the dominance of state-monopoly capital in the economy, silovoki structures in governance, clericalism and statism in ideology". add something


Russia suspended its participation in the CFE as of midnight Moscow time on 11 December 2007. add something


Russian navy group goes to Mediterranean Associated Press 5 December 2007. add something


Sergey Glazyev - Glazyev announced his retirement from politics in March 2007, and said that he did not intend to seek a further term in the Duma, arguing that Vladimir Putin's rule had crowded out all forms of political opposition and debate in the country


Garry Kasparov - Kasparov helped organize the Saint Petersburg Dissenters' March on 3 March 2007 and The March of the Dissenters on 24 March 2007, both involving several thousand people rallying against Putin and Saint Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko's policies


Mstislav Rostropovich - On March 27, 2007, the Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement praising Rostropovich


Mstislav Rostropovich - Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Rostropovich to discuss details of a celebration the Kremlin was planning for March 27, 2007, Rostropovich's 80th birthday


Viktor Zubkov - Zubkov was a financial crime investigator until 12 September 2007, when he was nominated by President Vladimir Putin to replace Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, who had resigned earlier that day


Dmitry Medvedev - Many observers were surprised when on 10 December 2007, President Putin announced that Medvedev was his preferred successor.


In 2008, the city of Kazan won the bid for the 2013 Summer Universiade, and in on the 2 December 2010 Russia won the right to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup, for the first time in Russia. add something


In early 2008, it was split into the Reserve Fund (designed to protect Russia from possible global financial shocks) and the National Welfare Fund, whose revenues will be used for a pension reform. add something


In January 2008, Oleg Panfilov, head of the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations, claimed that a system of "judicial terrorism" had started against journalists under Putin and that more than 300 criminal cases had been opened against them over the prior six years. add something


By Robert Kagan The Washington Post 6 February 2008. add something


Meeting with President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili, 22 February 2008. add something


On 8 February 2008, Putin delivered a speech before the expanded session of the State Council headlined "On the Strategy of Russia's Development until 2020", which was interpreted by the Russian media as his "political bequest". add something


RF President's official web site, 8 February 2008. add something


With Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, 12 February 2008. add something


Bank of Finland's Institute for Economies in Transition, 24 June 2008. add something


On 24–25 July 2008, Putin accused the Mechel company of selling resources to Russia at higher prices than those charged to foreign countries and avoiding taxes by using foreign subsidiaries to sell its products internationally. add something


In August 2008 Putin accused the US of provoking the 2008 South Ossetia war, to benefit of one of the two presidential candidates. add something


In December 2008, car owners and traders from Vladivostok and other regions protested against highly unpopular new duties and regulations on the import of foreign-made used cars (the tariff hike was introduced by Putin in violation of the international commitments undertaken by Medvedev at the G20 Summit in November 2008), one of the slogans being "Putin, resign/" This was seen as the first visible public anger at one of the government's responses to the crisis. add something


Silvio Berlusconi - Also in 2008 Berlusconi caused controversy at a joint press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin


Sergey Lavrov - His nomination to the Foreign Minister office was approved by two Russian presidents, in 2008 by Dmitry Medvedev and in 2012 by Vladimir Putin


Michael Sturmer - Stürmer's latest book is a biography of the Russian Prime Minister and former President Vladimir Putin published in 2008


Dmitry Medvedev - On 12 May 2008, Putin proposed the list of names for his new cabinet, which Medvedev approved.


Dmitry Medvedev - On 8 May 2008, Dmitry Medvedev appointed Vladimir Putin Prime Minister of Russia as he had promised during his election campaign.


Mireille Mathieu - On 1 November 2008, she was a guest of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and performed a concert in his honor


On 5 February 2009, Russia's liberal democratic political movement, citing the regime's "total helplessness and flagrant incompetence" maintained that "the dismantling of Putinism" and restoration of democracy in Russia were prerequisites for any successful anti-crisis measures and demanded that Putin's government resign. add something


On 9 June 2009, after 16 years of slowly progressing accession talks with the World Trade Organization, which, according to the European Union, might be completed by the end of the year, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia withdrew from the negotiations and instead would make a new joint bid with Belarus and Kazakhstan. add something


In December 2009, during the annual televised phone-in session, the prime minister continued his reflective approach to Russian history and openly criticised Josef Stalin’s cult of personality, his “crimes against his own people”, and all forms of totalitarianism. add something


Sergei Pareiko - In 2009 Pareiko had a meeting with the Prime Minister and former President of Russia, Vladimir Putin


Alexey Navalny - Since 2009, he has gained prominence within Russia, and notably within the Russian media, as a critic of corruption in Russia, and especially of Russian leader Vladimir Putin


Dmitry Medvedev - On 7 August 2009, Dmitry Medvedev instructed Prosecutor General Yury Chayka and Chief of the Audit Directorate of the Presidential Administration of Russia Konstantin Chuychenko to probe state corporations, a new highly privileged form of organizations earlier promoted by President Putin, to question their appropriateness.


Yulia Tymoshenko - Analysts suggested that she was the Russian Government's preferred candidate in the election; on 3 December 2009 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin denied this


In 2010, Russian TV broadcast video of Putin co-piloting a firefighting plane to dump water on a raging wildfire. add something


Nikolay Rastorguyev - On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Nikolay with the state order "For Merit to the Fatherland," Fourth class, and became a member of the Russian Duma in 2010


Aman Tuleyev - The same year, Vladimir Putin extended Tuleyev's term as governor to 2010


Badr Jafar - In September 2010, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin invited Jafar to join his Advisory Council at the Sochi Economic Conference in Russia to represent Middle East businesses


Formula One - In October 2010, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin signed an agreement with Ecclestone establishing the Russian Grand Prix in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi from 2014, with the circuit to be run in and around the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Park


Silvio Berlusconi - On 1 December 2010, Wikileaks leaked American state diplomatic cables showing that American officials voiced concerns over Berlusconi's extraordinary closeness to Putin, "including 'lavish gifts,' lucrative energy contracts and a 'shadowy' Russian-speaking Italian go-between"


Boris Nemtsov - On 16 December 2010 Vladimir Putin said in a live television broadcast that, during the 1990s, Nemtsov, Milov and Ryzhkov "dragged a lot of billions along with Berezovsky and those who are now in prison


At the United Russia Congress in Moscow on 24 September 2011, Medvedev officially proposed that Putin stand for the Presidency in 2012; an offer which Putin "accepted". add something


Putin and Medvedev at the United Russia Congress on 24 September 2011. add something


After the parliamentary elections on 4 December 2011, many Russians protested against perceived electoral fraud; protesters criticized Putin and United Russia. add something


Mikhail Gorbachev - Although he has credited Vladimir Putin for stabilizing Russia in the aftermath of the initial and turbulent years of the post-Soviet era, Gorbachev has become critical of both Putin and his successor Dmitry Medvedev since at least March 2011


Dmitry Medvedev - On 24 September 2011, while speaking at the United Russia party congress, Medvedev announced that he would recommend the party to nominate Vladimir Putin as its presidential candidate and that the two men had long ago cut a deal to allow Mr Putin to return to the presidency in 2012 after he was forced to stand down in 2008 by term limits.


Viktor Yushchenko - In December 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed that the organizers of the 2011 Russian protests were former advisors to Yushchenko during his presidency and were transferring the Orange Revolution to Russia


Marat Safin - In December 2011, Safin was elected to the Russian Parliament as a member of Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party


Mikhail Prokhorov - In December 2011, after the legislative elections, Prokhorov announced that he would contest the 2012 presidential election against Vladimir Putin as an independent


A 21,500-ton barge with twin 35-megawatt reactors, the Akademik Lomonosov, will go into operation in 2012. add something


The Prirazlomnoye field, an offshore oilfield in the Pechora Sea that will include up to 40 wells, is currently under construction and drilling is expected to start in early 2012. add something


Following Putin's re-election in March 2012, the movement struggled to redefine its new course of action add something


He won the election in March 2012 and will serve an increased, six-year term add something


Putin was inaugurated in the Kremlin on 7 May 2012 add something


On 1 June 1, 2012, in Paris, he rejected the statement of French President Francois Hollande who called on Bashar Al-Assad to step down add something


In August 2012 Nemtsov listed 20 villas and palaces, 9 of which were built during Putin's 12 years in power add something


Mikhail Gorbachev - Gorbachev stated that he believes Putin should not seek a third term as the Russian president in 2012


Alexey Navalny - In 2012, "The Wall Street Journal" claimed he was "the man Vladimir Putin fears most"


Alicia Silverstone - In 2012, during the trial of Russian band Pussy Riot, she wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin asking that vegan meals be made available to all Russian prisoners


Mikhail Prokhorov - While not antagonistic to the Kremlin, the party was seen as likely to support President Dmitry Medvedev rather than Prime Minister Vladimir Putin if the latter entered the 2012 presidential race


G8 - With Vladimir Putin not attending the 2012 G8 summit at Camp David, there is credence that the summit has generally outlived its usefulness, as a viable international gathering of foreign leaders


Pussy Riot - On February 21, 2012, as part of a protest movement against the re-election of Vladimir Putin, five women from the group entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow


Dmitry Medvedev - On 7 May 2012, the same day he ceased to be the President of Russia, Dimitry Medvedev was nominated by President Vladimir Putin to the office of Prime Minister


Dmitry Medvedev - Medvedev took office as Prime Minister of Russia on 8 May 2012, after President Vladimir Putin signed the decree formalizing his appointment to the office


Igor Sechin - Until 21 May 2012, he served as Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Vladimir Putin's cabinet and he is currently the Executive Chairman of Rosneft


Alexander Babakov - Special Presidential Representative to Russians appointed by Vladimir Putin since June 19, 2012


In 2013, Putin re-introduced the GTO physical fitness program to Russia with the support of Steven Seagal add something


Other major tournaments which the country has been chosen to host include the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow and the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan , the Russian Grand Prix and the 2016 IIHF World Championship add something


On the 6th June 2013, Vladimir and Lyudmila announced they were having a "civilized divorce" add something


On September 11, 2013, an editorial opinion, written by Putin, was published in the New York Times regarding international events related to the United States, Russia and Syria add something


FEMEN - On 8 April 2013 5 FEMEN members were able to "topless ambush" Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hanover trade fair


Edward Snowden - On July 1, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if Snowden wanted to be granted asylum in Russia, Snowden would have to "stop his work aimed at harming our American partners


On 1 March 2014, on the demand of Vladimir Putin the Russian legislature approved the use of the Russian military in Ukraine add something


Crimea - On 16 March 2014, David Herszenhornmarch writing for "The New York Times" reported the results of the referendum in an article titled "Crimea Votes to Secede From Ukraine as Russian Troops Keep Watch add something


A Crimean status referendum was held on 16 March 2014, but only national referendums are legal under the Ukrainian Constitution add something


On 18 March 2014, Putin in a speech to the Russian parliament set forth a claim to be the protector of the ethnically Russian "Russkii" people, rather than just the "Rossisskii" people who reside in the Russian state add something


The Kremlin confirmed on 2 April 2014 that Russian President Vladimir Putin has finalised the divorce from his wife of 30 years Lyudmila following the couple's sudden split in June 2013 add something


On 17 April 2014, "The Wall Street Journal" reported: "Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he hoped not to send Russian troops into Ukraine but didn't rule it out, accusing the Kiev government of committing 'a serious crime' by using the military to quell unrest add something


On 7 May 2014, "The New York Times" reported: "Putin Announces Pullback from Ukraine Border" after discussions with Switzerland's Dieter Burkhalter in an attempt to de-escalate mounting tensions of Russian troop massing on the border of southeast Ukraine during and following the Crimean intervention add something


In a July 2014 speech midst the an armed insurgency in Eastern Ukraine Putin stated he would use Russia's entire arsenal and the right of self defence to protect Russian speakers outside Russia add something


After yet another round of EU and U.S. sanctions against Russian officials, President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has reached a record high of 87 percent, according to the results of a survey published on 6 August 2014 by the independent Levada Center pollster add something


On 14 August 2014, on a visit to Crimea, Putin called for calm and efforts to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine add something


On 26 August 2014 Putin met with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk where he expressed a willingness to discuss the situation while calling on Ukraine not to escalate its offensive add something


The Dutch Safety Board that is investigating the incident released a preliminary report in September 2014, but stated that the final report will be published within one year of the crash add something


On 10 September 2014 Putin said he had lit candles at a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow for "those who suffered and who gave their lives defending the people in Novorossiya" add something


On 24 October 2014 he spoke Valdai speech add something


Putin holds an 8th "dan" black belt in Kyokushin kaikan karate gotten in November 2014 add something


In his annual speech on 4 December 2014 Putin stated that the March 2014 annexation of Crimean was a historic event that would not be reversed because Crimea is Russia's spiritual ground "the same as Temple Mount in Jerusalem for those who confess Islam and Judaism add something


The Eurasian Union was established on January 1, 2015 add something


In June 2015, Putin told an Italian newspaper that Russia has no intention of attacking NATO: add something


President Putin authorized Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, on the 30th of September 2015, following a formal request by the Syrian government for military help against rebel and jihadist groups add something


For unknown reasons, President Putin chose to withdraw the 'main part' of military forces out on March 14, 2016 add something


In April 2016, 11 million documents belonging to a Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists add something


On November 9, 2016, Putin congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the 45th President of the United States, and stated that Russia is ready and looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States add something


In December 2016, US intelligence officials quoted by CBS News stated that Putin approved the Russian cyber attacks during the U.S. election, against the democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton add something


In January 2017, a published U.S. intelligence community assessment expressed "high confidence" that Russian President Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" to denigrate Hillary Clinton and to harm her electoral chances and potential presidency add something


In an interview with NBC News journalist Megyn Kelly on June 4, 2017, Putin denied Russian state involvement in cyberattacks during the U.S. presidential election add something


On December 6, 2017, he announced his intention to run for a fourth term add something


The election will be held in March 2018, with a term until 2024 add something


On 4 March 2018, former double agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury add something


His fourth term will begin after his inauguration in May 2018 add something


On May 15, 2018, Vladimir Putin took part in the opening of the movement along the highway section of the Crimean bridge add something


On May 18, 2018, Vladimir Putin signed decrees on the composition of the new Government add something


On a straight line on June 7, 2018, he told about his future successor add something


On June 14, 2018, opened as the head of the country-organizer of the XXI World Cup, which takes place in Russia for the first time add something


"The New York Times" reported in July 2018 that the CIA had long nurtured a Russian source who eventually rose to a position close to Putin, allowing the source to pass key information in 2016 about Putin's direct involvement add something