Vladimir Putin

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Person.png Vladimir Putin   C-SPAN NNDB WebsiteRdf-icon.png
(spook, politician)
Born Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
7 October 1952
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Nationality Russian
Alma mater Leningrad State University
Religion Russian Orthodox
Children • Mariya
• Yekaterina
Spouse Lyudmila Shkrebneva
Party Communist Party of the Soviet Union,  Our Home-Russia,  Unity,  Independent,  United Russia

Employment.png President of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
7 May 2012 - Present
Preceded by Dmitry Medvedev

Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation.svg Prime Minister of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
8 May 2008 - 7 May 2012
Succeeded by Dmitry Medvedev

Employment.png Leader of United Russia

In office
1 January 2008 - 30 May 2012
Succeeded by Dmitry Medvedev

Employment.png President of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
7 May 2000 - 7 May 2008
Succeeded by Dmitry Medvedev

Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation.svg Prime Minister of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
9 August 1999 - 7 May 2000
Preceded by Sergei Stepashin

Employment.png Secretary of the Security Council

In office
9 March 1999 - 9 August 1999

Employment.png Director of the Federal Security Service Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
25 July 1998 - 9 August 1999
Employer FSB
Preceded by Nikolai Kovalyov
Succeeded by Nikolai Patrushev
An important period during which the 9/99 bombings were carried out.

Employment.png Agent

In office
1975 - 20 August 1991
Employer KGB

Employment.png and 4th President of Russia

In office
7 May 2012 - 7 May 2008

Employment.png and 4th President of Russia

In office
7 May 2000 - 7 May 2008

Employment.png and 38th Prime Minister of Russia

In office
8 May 2008 - 7 May 2012

Employment.png and 38th Prime Minister of Russia

In office
16 August 1999 - 7 May 2000

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012, a job he had from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During his last term as Prime Minister, he was also the Chairman of the United Russia political party. Before becoming Prime Minister, he was head of the FSB during the 1999 Russian Apartment bombings, an event which some have suggested he had a hand in.[citation needed]


For 16 years Putin served as an officer in the KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he moved into politics, in his native Saint Petersburg in 1991. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin's administration where he rose quickly, becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999 when Yeltsin resigned unexpectedly. Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential election and was re-elected in 2004. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008. Dmitry Medvedev won the 2008 presidential election and appointed Putin as Prime Minister beginning a period of so-called "tandemocracy".[1] In September 2011, following a change in the law extending the presidential term from four years to six,[2] Putin announced that he would seek a third, non-consecutive term as President in the 2012 presidential election, an announcement which led to protests in many Russian cities. He won the election in March 2012 and is now serving a six-year term.[3][4]

9/11 Denial

In 2011, at the Seliger 2011 youth forum, Putin replied to an audience question that "This is complete nonsense, it is impossible... To imagine that US intelligence services did it deliberately, with their own hands, is complete nonsense... Only people who do not understand the workings of security agencies can say that. It would be impossible to conceal it.”[5]


In August 2014, Professor Cees Hamelink wrote to Putin apologising on behalf of the Netherlands government and media for the way "the facts concerning MH17, Syria and Ukraine are twisted to defame you and your country."[6][7]


Full article: Alexander Litvinenko#Public Inquiry

On 21 January 2016, a long-awaited UK report into the death of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko [8] found two Russian men - Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun - deliberately poisoned 44-year-old Litvinenko in London in 2006 by putting the radioactive substance polonium-210 into his drink. It suggested this was probably done on the orders of the FSB with the knowledge and approval of the Russian President.[9]


Documents by Vladimir Putin

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
A new integration project for Eurasiaarticle4 October 2011Common Economic Space
Eurasian Economic Community
The Russian prime minister and prospective 3rd term president a makes the case for 'multi-polarity' as a superior form or world governance
Address to the Federal Asssembly of Russia 2014speech4 December 2014The Great Game
2014 Ukraine coup
Vladimir Putin address to 1,000 delegates of the Federal Assembly of Russia in St Georges Hall, Moscow
Answers to journalists’ questions following the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council summitQ&A session29 April 20142014 Ukraine coupVladimir Putin answers journalists question following the Eurasia summit meeting held in Minsk on 29 April 2014
Economic Tasks - Vladimir Putinarticle30 January 2012RussiaA quintessentially orthodox IMF/WTO economic analysis from the Russian Prime Minister in the run up to the Presidential election in March 2012.
Putin BRICS press conference July 2014press conference17 July 20142014 Ukraine coup
US/Foreign policy/Since 1945
Vladimir Putin answers questions from Russian journalists following his visits to Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina and Brazil. in July 2014
Putin address 18 March 2014speech18 March 20142014 Ukraine coupVladimir Putin's address to State Duma deputies, Federation Council members, heads of Russian regions and civil society representatives in the Kremlin, following the result of the 16 March 2014 referendum in Crimea which provided overwhelming support for Crimea to become part of the Russian Federation.
Putin on the Ukraine coupaudio transcript6 March 20142014 Ukraine coupPresident Putin of Russia in an extended Q&A session with journalists about the 2014 coup in the Ukraine - Full transcript
Putin: Letter to European Leadersletter10 April 20142014 Ukraine coup
The Great Game
Full text of the Letter sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to European Leaders on 9 April 2014, with commentary.
St Petersburg International Economic Forumspeech23 May 2014Russia
2014 Ukraine coup
The Great Game
Vladimir Putin's address to the plenary session of the 18th St Petersburg International Economic Forum on 23 May 2014
Vladimir Putin 2009 Davos Speechspeech28 January 2009Global economic cooperation
Vladimir Putin Interviewinterview5 September 20132011 Syrian Insurgency
War on Terror
Edward Snowden
Press interview with Vladimir Putin ahead of the September 2013 G20 meeting in St Petersburg
Vladimir Putin address to the Novorossiya militiaaddress29 August 20142014 Ukraine coup/Civil war
Novorussian Armed Forces
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Novorossiya Militia about their successes against the military forces of the Kiev Junta
Vladimir Putin and Didier Burkhalterpress statement and questions7 May 20142014 Ukraine coupPress statement and replies to journalists questions following the meeting in Moscow between President Putin and President of Switzerland and OSCE Chairman Didier Burkhalter on 7 May 2014
Vladimir Putin interview with French mediainterview4 June 2014Russia
2014 Ukraine coup
The Great Game
Vladimir Putin interview with two French media men on the eve of his visit to France for the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Allied Normandy landings

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
A young Russian boyspeech28 April 2004Berel LazarThings that make you go "hmmmm?" - Surprising anecdote and information about Vladimir Putin in this extract from a speech given by Berel Lazar, then Chief Rabbi of Russia, to the Chabad Society at Oxford University.
Chabad Lubavitchbook extract2002Eduard HodosSuppressed information about the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch
Is Putin Weaponising Stupidity?article19 March 2016Rob SlaneTheatre of the absurd - the Western establishment obsession with demonising Vladimir Putin
Leaked Putin-Bandar meeting reportdiplomatic communication25 August 2013Leaked report of a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Bandar bin Sultan, then intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, during which bin Sultan issues scarcely veiled threats against the Sochi winter Olympics if Russia continued to frustrate actions to depose President Assad of Syria
Of Russian Gang$tas, Global Mobsters and Undersized $uckersarticle6 July 2011'Michael Colhaze'A perceptive and prescient piece on Vladimir Putin written before the upsurge of western media vilification of him following the 2014 US engineered coup in Ukraine.
Open letter to President Putin from 300 Germansletter10 April 2014300 German citizensAn open letter to President Vladimir Putin from 300 Germans about the secession of Crimea and events in Ukraine since November 2013
Princely Blooms and Royal Rubbisharticle26 June 2014'Michael Colhaze'The absurd trivialities of an aging king-in-waiting. Musings prompted by yet another over-(maliciously?)-reported Royal gaff.
Putin the Good Goybook extract2002Eduard HodosInformation and informed speculation about Vladimir Putin and his Jewish supporters during his rise to the Russian Presidency
Speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 20 August 2017 to the Syrian Diplomatic CorpsSpeech31 August 2017Bashar al-AssadThe US President is not the maker of policies, but the executor. Therefore, the “Deep State” in the United States does not govern in partnership with the President, but leaves him a small margin.
The IMF Bank Jobarticle9 May 2014Edmund DalpeA hilarious piece of satire - but closer to the truth about who calls the shots on events surrounding the Ukraine coup and what it really about, than any or all of the western MSM talking-heads combined.
The Korea issue is now in the hands of the BRICSArticle3 September 2017Adam Garrie"Simon says: 'There's a 7½-hour flight from the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China to Pyongyang, North Korea so if Sergei Lavrov and the Chinese FM took that flight together to meet Kim Jong-un, it would have huge impact, and get the ball rolling on dialogue'."
The New Silk Road Will Go Through SyriaArticle13 July 2017Pepe EscobarBeijing is working non-stop for the Iran-Iraq-Syria triumvirate to become a key hub in the New Silk Road (OBOR). Any bets against a future, booming Shanghai-Latakia container route?
To understand or not to understand Putinarticle8 May 2014Diana JohnstoneUnderstanding President Vladimir Putin and the dogged, determined unanimity of the western media to demonise and blame him for everything, in near total disregard of the evidence - a surreal situation explained with clarity
Trump said to deprecate Netanyahu's intention to bump off AssadArticle1 September 2017Eric ZuesseBetter wait until my fundamentalist VP is in place, Benny boy!
Vladimir Putin - The manarticle28 April 2014Sharon TennisonInsights into Vladimir Putin the man by an American citizen who has worked in Russia for over 30 years and met Putin as a young KGB officer in a bureaucratic capacity long before he became president.


  1. Hale, Henry E.; Timothy J. Colton (8 September 2009). "Russians and the Putin-Medvedev "Tandemocracy": A Survey-Based Portrait of the 2007–08 Election Season" (PDF). The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. Seattle, WA: University of Washington. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. Vasilyeva, Natallya. "Putin claims to support term limits as he readies to take helm for 3rd time", China Post (12 April 2012).
  3. "Putin Hails Vote Victory, Opponents Cry Foul". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. "Elections in Russia: World Awaits for Putin to Reclaim the Kremlin". The World Reporter. March 2012. Retrieved March 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. http://web.archive.org/web/20110926234201/http://rt.com/politics/9-11-putin-seliger-investigation-toronto-355/ - a page removed from Russia Today by March 2015, but still available on the Web Archive.
  6. "Dutch Intellectuals Apologise to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine"
  7. "Professor Cees Hamelink- Letter to Putin"
  8. The Litninenko Inquiry report - pdf
  9. UK Report Claims Putin to Blame for Litvinenko Death - Sputnik International 21 January 2016
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