Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, born October 7, 1952 is a Russian Politician and former Intelligence officer, serving as the current president of Russia. He has been President of Russia since 2012, previously being in the office from 1999 to until 2008. He also served as the country’s Prime Minister from 1999-2000 and would serve in that post again from 2008- 20012. Putin has recently become the second longest President of a European nation, this is a feat, for which Alexander Lukashenko (Belarus) is currently the longest serving.Many persons Worldwide seem to think Vladimir Putin has a net worth of Trillions of dollars but as of 2018 his net worth stands at over 17 billion dollars.
Vladimir Putin-Early life
Putin was born in Leningrad, which was renamed to Saint. Petersburg in 1991. Vladimir is the youngest of 3 parents for both of his parents. Putin’s Grandfather was a cook for Vladimir Lenin (which is probably the origin of his name). Putin’s Mother was a factory worker and hiss father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy. They served in the submarine fleets in the 1930s, at the beginning of World War II .
Putin started School No. 193 at Baskov lane on September 1, 1960. The school was close to his home. He was one of the few students in his class that was not yet apart of the Young Pioneer organization. When he was 12 he started to take an interest in practicing Sambo and Judo. Vladimir Putin later studied German at Saint Petersburg High School 281 and can speak the language very fluently.
Vladimir became a law major at Andrei Zhdanov, which was located in Leningrad and is now called Saint Petersburg State University. He started to attend the school in 1970 and would later graduate in 1975. When he was attending the University his Thesis was titled “The Most Favored National Trading Principle In International Law”. While he was attending University he was required to join the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and he would remain as a member until it was outlawed in 1991.
Vladimir met Anatoly Sobchak who was an assistant professor of business law,. He would later co-author the Russian Constitution and he was also a causative of the corruption schemes which were persecuted in France. Vladimir would become a major influence in Sobchak’s career in Saint-Petersburg and Sobchak would become a major influence in Putin’s career in Moscow.
1975 would mark the year in which Putin would join the KJB. He trained at the 401st KGB school located in Okhta, Leningrad. He would go on to work in the Second Chief Directorate, which was their counter intelligence unit . Putin was later transferred to the First Chief Directorate, where he monitored foreigners and consular officials in Leningrad. From 1985 to 1990 he would serve in Dresden, East Germany. He used the cover identity of a translator.
After the Communist East German Government had collapsed, Putin resigned as a KJB agent because of suspicions that brought his loyalty during the Dresden demonstrations and earlier, into question. He returned to Leningrad in 1990 where he worked for 3 months with the International Affairs section of Leningrad State University, where he reported to Vice-Rector Yuriy Molchanov. It was his duty to look for new KGB recruits and watch over the student body, he even renewed his friendship with Anatoly Sobchak, who soon after became the Mayor of Leningrad.
Vladimir was appointed as the Political Advisor on international Affairs to Anatoly Sobchak , in 1990. In June of 1991 he became the the head of the Committee for External Relations for the Mayor’s Office. Putin was given the responsibility of promoting international relations and foreign investments. Putin was investigated for an alleged 93 million dollar scam, by the city legislative council. The council recommended that he should be fired but despite all this he remained in the position until 1996. He held several other government positions in Saint Petersburg from 1994-1996.
In 1999 Putin became the successor to Yeltsin when be became Russia’s acting President. Yeltsin endorsed Vladimir as his successor due to the competency that he showed in all the positions that he served in under the former President. He would become Russia’s official President in 2000. He would serve consecutive terms as President and Prime Minister of Russia and he is still currently Russia’s President.
Putin’s Policies and Governance
Putin is well known by Russian professionals as a avid promoter of conservative policies in cultural, political and social matters. He has promoted these policies both at home and abroad. Putin is identified by scholars with Russian conservatism and has strongly hit out at globalism and Neo-liberalism . Putin has promoted new thinktanks which seeks to bring together like minded intellectuals and individuals. Putin has collaborated closely with the Russian Orthodox Church in cultural and social affairs. The head of the church endorsed him during the 2012 election openly stating that Putin’s terms were like “A miracle of God”.
In 2007 Putin was successful in his efforts to have Sochi host the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. It was the first time that Russia has ever held these events. In addition to this Russia won the right to host the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup, which was also happening for the first time in Russian history. Putin stated in 2013 that gay athletes would not be facing any discrimination at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Vladimir Putin is always open to international relations with foreign countries and even visited USA in 2001. He has cooperated with and promoted persons of other sexual orientations, races, genders and classes from around the World. Putin is a very passionate leader and only has his mind set on the development of his country and the World.
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