Who is Vladimir Putin? (1952 – present)

  • Russian politician who has been President or PM of Russia since 1999 (President [May 2012-present] + [2000-2008], PM [1999-2000] + [2008-2012]).
  • Prior to entering politics, he spent 16 years in the KGB (the Soviet security agency).
  • Popular cultural icon in Russia + has cultivated an image of a strongman, yet his actions are regarded by domestic opposition and international community as undemocratic.

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