| Vladimir Putin |
|Born||Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin|
7 October 1952
Saint Petersburg, Russia
|Alma mater||Leningrad State University|
|Children|| • Mariya|
|Interest of||Bill Browder|
|Party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Our Home-Russia, Unity, Independent, United Russia|
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). 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". In September 2011, following a change in the law extending the presidential term from four years to six, 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.
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.”
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."
- Full article: Alexander Litvinenko#Public Inquiry
- Full article: Alexander Litvinenko#Public Inquiry
On 21 January 2016, a long-awaited UK report into the death of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko  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.
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'."
- "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."
Documents by Vladimir Putin
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:A new integration project for Eurasia||article||4 October 2011||Common 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 2014||speech||4 December 2014||The 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 summit||Q&A session||29 April 2014||2014 Ukraine coup||Vladimir Putin answers journalists question following the Eurasia summit meeting held in Minsk on 29 April 2014|
|Document:Economic Tasks - Vladimir Putin||article||30 January 2012||Russia||A 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 2014||press conference||17 July 2014||2014 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 2014||speech||18 March 2014||2014 Ukraine coup||Vladimir 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 coup||audio transcript||6 March 2014||2014 Ukraine coup||President 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 Leaders||letter||10 April 2014||The 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 Forum||speech||23 May 2014||Russia|
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 Speech||speech||28 January 2009||Global economic cooperation|
|Document:Vladimir Putin Interview||interview||5 September 2013||"War on Terror"|
2011 Syrian Insurgency
|Press interview with Vladimir Putin ahead of the September 2013 G20 meeting in St Petersburg|
|Document:Vladimir Putin address to the Novorossiya militia||address||29 August 2014||Novorussian 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 Burkhalter||press statement and questions||7 May 2014||2014 Ukraine coup||Press 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 media||interview||4 June 2014||Russia|
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|
|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 Donnelly||19 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 Initiative||May 2018|
|Institute for Statecraft/Purposes||“Putin 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||“I have great respect for Russian culture but great contempt for the current Russian authorities.”||Bernard-Henri Lévy||2014|
|Bernard-Henri Lévy||“If Europe wants to adhere to its anti-fascist values than bear in mind that Russian Putinism is fascism,”||Bernard-Henri Lévy||2015|
|Document:A young Russian boy||speech||28 April 2004||Berel Lazar||Things 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 Lubavitch||book extract||2002||Eduard Hodos||Suppressed information about the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch|
|Document:Is Putin Weaponising Stupidity?||article||19 March 2016||Rob Slane||Theatre of the absurd - the Western establishment obsession with demonising Vladimir Putin|
|Document:Julian Assange is a suspected Russian intelligence asset||Article||24 February 2020||Susie 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 report||diplomatic communication||25 August 2013||Leaked 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, Nonsense||blog post||3 September 2020||Craig Murray||The 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 Germans||letter||10 April 2014||300 German citizens||An open letter to President Vladimir Putin from 300 Germans about the secession of Crimea and events in Ukraine since November 2013|
|Document:Putin the Good Goy||book extract||2002||Eduard Hodos||Information 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 Corps||Speech||31 August 2017||Bashar al Assad||The 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 Job||article||9 May 2014||Edmund Dalpe||A 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 BRICS||Article||3 September 2017||Adam 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 spectrum||article||5 March 2017||Peter||Details 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 Putin||article||8 May 2014||Diana Johnstone||Understanding 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 Assad||Article||1 September 2017||Eric Zuesse||Better wait until my fundamentalist VP is in place, Benny boy!|
|Document:Vladimir Putin - The man||article||28 April 2014||Sharon Tennison||Insights 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.|
- 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.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
- Vasilyeva, Natallya. "Putin claims to support term limits as he readies to take helm for 3rd time", China Post (12 April 2012).
- "Putin Hails Vote Victory, Opponents Cry Foul". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 22 June 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
- "Elections in Russia: World Awaits for Putin to Reclaim the Kremlin". The World Reporter. March 2012. Retrieved March 2012. Check date values in:
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- 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.
- "Dutch Intellectuals Apologise to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine"
- "Professor Cees Hamelink- Letter to Putin"
- The Litninenko Inquiry report - pdf
- UK Report Claims Putin to Blame for Litvinenko Death - Sputnik International 21 January 2016
- "Labour deputy Tom Watson says fresh evidence proves Salisbury attack ‘ordered personally’ by Vladimir Putin"