Vladimir Putin

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Person.png Vladimir Putin   C-SPAN IMDB NNDB Sourcewatch Website WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, politician)
BornVladimir Vladimirovich Putin
7 October 1952
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Alma materLeningrad State University
ReligionRussian Orthodox
Children • Mariya
• Yekaterina
SpouseLyudmila Shkrebneva
Perpetrator ofHMS Defender Crimea controversy
Interest ofBill Browder, Mark Galeotti, Pussy Riot
PartyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union,  Our Home-Russia,  Unity,  Independent,  United Russia
President of Russia, Russian deep politician

Employment.png President of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
7 May 2012 - Present
Preceded byDmitry Medvedev

Employment.png Prime Minister of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
8 May 2008 - 7 May 2012
Succeeded byDmitry Medvedev

Employment.png Leader of United Russia

In office
1 January 2008 - 30 May 2012
Succeeded byDmitry Medvedev

Employment.png President of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
7 May 2000 - 7 May 2008
Succeeded byDmitry Medvedev

Employment.png Prime Minister of Russia Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
9 August 1999 - 7 May 2000
Preceded bySergei Stepashin

Employment.png Deputy Prime Minister of Russia

In office
9 August 1999 - 16 August 1999

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
Preceded byNikolai Kovalyov
Succeeded byNikolai Patrushev
An important period during which the 9/99 bombings were carried out.

Employment.png Agent

In office
1975 - 20 August 1991

Employment.png Leader of All-Russia People's Front

In office
12 June 2013 - Present

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. Before becoming Prime Minister, he was head of the FSB (at the time of the 1999 Russian Apartment bombings).[1] He had previously worked as a KGB agent since 1975.


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".[2] In September 2011, following a change in the law extending the presidential term from four years to six,[3] 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.[4][5]


As a head-spook turned president, the purpose of Putin's statements should be weighed more critically than most presidents, as George H. W. Bush his influence has shown. Interestingly enough, Putin often touches deep politics (as long as it's not about Russia) in his remarks at conferences, sometimes actually acknowledging larger purposes to deep events, but sometimes denying obvious deep events altogether, such as 9-11. Trump was for example depicted by Putin as a "good guy" who was stonewalled by corporate and special interests oversight.

“His unpredictability is not related to him exclusively, it is also related to a very strong opposition within the country. They are stopping him from delivering almost any of his election platforms and plans. As soon as he makes a decision on migrants, a court blocks it straight-away. It happens all the time. So, it is wrong to say that his unpredictability depends only on him. No, it depends on the entire American political system.”
Vladimir Putin (July 2018)  [6]

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.”[7]


In August 2014, Professor Cees Hamelink wrote to Putin apologizing 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."[8][9]


Full article: Alexander Litvinenko#Public Inquiry

On 21 January 2016, a long-awaited UK report into the death of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko [10] 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.[11]

Skripal affair

On 27 September 2018, Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson claimed that the chemical attack in Salisbury was "ordered personally" by Vladimir Putin. Watson said fresh proof that one of the men accused by the UK of carrying it out is a Russian military officer showed that it was authorised by the Kremlin.

According to the investigative website Bellingcat, Ruslan Boshirov's real name is Anatoliy Chepiga, a colonel who was personally given the 'Hero of the Russian Federation' award by President Putin in the past. Boshirov and his alleged accomplice Alexander Petrov have claimed they were in Salisbury as tourists shortly before former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok.

Writing on his Facebook page, Tom Watson said:

"The revelation that one of the Skripal poisoning suspects is a highly-decorated Russian colonel - and not an innocent Cathedral spotter - is fresh proof that Britain is now at the sharp end of an assault ordered personally by Putin. Clearly we now need overhaul of national security strategy to protect our democracy from Putin's 'hybrid warfare'."

Watson also called on Theresa May to mount a probe similar to the Mueller investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election:

"We now need the FULL picture on Russian interference - from murder on the streets to meddling in votes. 'Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty’. That means it's time for eyes wide open. Our investigating authorities have done their job in identifying the Salisbury assassins, now we need a Mueller-style probe into Russian interference in our democracy."[12]

Personal life

On 6 June 2013, Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina publicly announced the termination of their marriage after 30 years.[13]


An event carried out

HMS Defender Crimea controversyA diplomatic military controversy between Russia and the UK


Documents by Vladimir Putin

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document: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
Document: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
Document: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
Document: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.
Document: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
Document: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.
Document: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
Document:Putin: Letter to European Leadersletter10 April 2014The Great Game
2014 Ukraine coup
Full text of the Letter sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to European Leaders on 9 April 2014, with commentary.
Document:St Petersburg International Economic Forumspeech23 May 2014Russia
The Great Game
2014 Ukraine coup
Vladimir Putin's address to the plenary session of the 18th St Petersburg International Economic Forum on 23 May 2014
Document:Vladimir Putin 2009 Davos Speechspeech28 January 2009Global economic cooperation
Document:Vladimir Putin Interviewinterview5 September 2013"War on Terror"
2011 Syrian Insurgency
Edward Snowden
Press interview with Vladimir Putin ahead of the September 2013 G20 meeting in St Petersburg
Document:Vladimir Putin address to the Novorossiya militiaaddress29 August 2014Novorussian Armed Forces
2014 Ukraine coup/Civil war
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Novorossiya Militia about their successes against the military forces of the Kiev Junta
Document: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
Document:Vladimir Putin interview with French mediainterview4 June 2014Russia
The Great Game
2014 Ukraine coup
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 Quotations

Institute for Statecraft/Purposes“Moreover, the “war” mindset is being pumped into the Russian population. It is one of the great successes of Putin’s propaganda offensive”Chris Donnelly19 January 2018
Institute for Statecraft/Purposes“It is vital to understand the reasons behind Putin’s warped reasoning – the fact that he is prepared to lie and to kill to protect his wealth and power – if we are to comprehend why the Kremlin has launched this information attack on the West. Only then can we begin to combat it. In Soviet times there was an ideological element, the battle of Capitalism versus Communism. That no longer plays a part. But Putin wants the West at least to respect Russia; better still to fear Russia. That is Putin’s mindset. If in Soviet times the leadership of the USSR relied on Western sympathisers with the Communist cause to help them in their mission, nowadays the Kremlin can call upon support in the West from three groups of people: naïve Russophiles who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, believe that Putin “can’t be all that bad, and anyway the Americans are just as bad”; those who are prepared to toe the Russian line in return for money; or those who are being blackmailed.”Integrity InitiativeMay 2018
Institute for Statecraft/PurposesPutin will be around for the foreseeable future - even if he went, what comes after Putin, wouldn't be much better. We believe we will have to face the Russian challenge for many years to come.”Integrity Initiative
Bernard-Henri Lévy“If Europe wants to adhere to its anti-fascist values then bear in mind that Russian Putinism is fascism.”Bernard-Henri Lévy2015
Bernard-Henri Lévy“I have great respect for Russian culture but great contempt for the current Russian authorities.”Bernard-Henri Lévy2014


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document: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.
Document:Chabad Lubavitchbook extract2002Eduard HodosSuppressed information about the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch
Document:Is Putin Weaponising Stupidity?article19 March 2016Rob SlaneTheatre of the absurd - the Western establishment obsession with demonising Vladimir Putin
Document:Julian Assange is a suspected Russian intelligence assetArticle24 February 2020Susie Boniface"If Assange was interested in avoiding extradition to the US, he'd have gone to Sweden to answer the charges that were unlikely to see a conviction, and where he had far less chance of being extradited. But if he really WERE a Russian intelligence asset... well, then it all makes sense." - except that what it really makes is nonsense.
Document: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
Document:Novichok, Navalny, Nordstream, Nonsenseblog post3 September 2020Craig MurrayThe US and Saudi Arabia have every reason to instigate a split between Germany and Russia at this time. Navalny is certainly a victim of international politics. That he is a victim of Putin I tend to doubt.
Document: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
Document:Pro-Kremlin trolls infiltrating comments on news sites for major influence operation, research saysArticle6 September 2021Deborah HaynesA study at Cardiff University shows that "Pro-Kremlin trolls" are influencing opinion in the West by infiltrating the comments sections of news websites. Dissent from the Official Narrative? Must be Russian disinformation.
Document:Putin the Good Goybook extract2002Eduard HodosInformation and informed speculation about Vladimir Putin and his Jewish supporters during his rise to the Russian Presidency
Document: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.
Document: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.
Document: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'."
Document:The tyranny of the political spectrumarticle5 March 2017PeterDetails of an exchange in the comments section of an article on the World Socialist Web Site between the author and a regular WSWS commentator which was quickly removed by the site operators. It illustrates the blinkered censorious nature of activists committed to both 'Left' and 'Right' - in this case the 'Left'.
Document: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
Document:Trump said to deprecate Netanyahu's intention to bump off AssadArticle1 September 2017Eric ZuesseBetter wait until my fundamentalist VP is in place, Benny boy!
Document: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.
Document:Would-be German chancellor Scholz jumps the gun on EU expansion eastward, which may provoke more states to follow the UK and exitArticle15 August 2021Paul NuttallOlaf Scholz is a possible candidate for Chancellor of Germany at the September 2021 German parliamentary election. He has warned Russia to expect further European integration and expansion into Eastern Europe. Will this encourage more countries to follow the UK and leave the European Union?