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Russian President Vladimir Putin was born on 7 October 1952. He has been the president of Russia since 2012. Earlier, he also served as President from 2000 until 2008. He has also served as the prime minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. In February 2022, President Putin ordered a full invasion of Ukraine under the pretext that it was run by ‘Nazis’. The invasion of Ukraine led to worldwide condemnation of Putin, and massive sanctions on the Russian Federation. However, this is not the first time Putin has tried to invade Ukraine. Earlier in 2014, Russia launched a military intervention in Ukraine and seized the eastern region of the nation and annexed Crimea. The takeover of Crimea led to GDP shrinking by 3.7 percent in 2015, however the economy rebounded in 2016 with 0.3 percent GDP growth. During his first tenure as a president, the economy grew for eight consecutive years with GDP measured by purchasing power increasing by 72 percent. This growth was a result of a fivefold increase in the price of oil and gas, which constitute the majority of Russian exports. On March 7 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told news channels that they are talking to European partners and allies to look in a coordinated way at the prospect of banning the import of Russian oil, while making sure that there is still an appropriate supply of oil on world markets. On its part, Russia too warned that a Western ban on its oil imports may more than double the price to $300 and prompt the closure of the main gas pipeline to Germany. Putin's rule in Russia has been characterised by endemic corruption, the jailing and repression of political opponents, the intimidation and suppression of media freedom in Russia, and a lack of free and fair elections. Russia has scored poorly on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, and Freedom House's Freedom in the World index. In his earlier days, he worked as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years and resigned in 1991 to begin a political career in Saint Petersburg. In 1996, Putin moved to Moscow to join the administration of the then President Boris Yeltsin. After Yeltsin’s resignation, Putin became acting president. Putin has also served as director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and secretary of the Security Council. More

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  • If Vladimir Putin was a woman, there would be no Ukraine war: Boris Johnson Jun 29, 2022 01:13 PM IST

    If Vladimir Putin was a woman, there would be no Ukraine war: Boris Johnson

    "If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn't, but if he were, I really don't think he would've embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has," Johnson told German broadcaster ZDF on Tuesday evening.

  • G-7 agrees to seek price caps on Russian oil as allied diplomacy shifts to NATO Jun 28, 2022 09:55 PM IST

    G-7 agrees to seek price caps on Russian oil as allied diplomacy shifts to NATO

    The West’s effort to confront President Vladimir Putin of Russia over his war in Ukraine shifted Tuesday from a Group of 7 summit in Germany, which concluded with a fledgling and untested plan to seek price caps on Russian oil, to a NATO meeting in Madrid.

  • Scorching flames, thick smoke blanket sky after Russian strike on Ukraine mall | Video Jun 28, 2022 07:34 PM IST

    Scorching flames, thick smoke blanket sky after Russian strike on Ukraine mall | Video

    Russia's chosen bullseye this time was the central city of Kremenchuk – a place largely away from war frontlines.

  • Russia's Vladimir Putin to make first foreign trips since launching Ukraine war Jun 27, 2022 03:59 PM IST

    Russia's Vladimir Putin to make first foreign trips since launching Ukraine war

    Russia's Feb. 24 invasion has killed thousands of people, displaced millions more and led to severe financial sanctions from the West, which Putin says are a reason to build stronger trade ties with other powers such as China, India and Iran.

  • Watch: At G7 summit, leaders mock Vladimir Putin's bare-chested horseback photo Jun 27, 2022 12:52 PM IST

    Watch: At G7 summit, leaders mock Vladimir Putin's bare-chested horseback photo

    G7 summit: "Jackets on? Jackets off? Do we take our coats off?" British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked.

  • Vladimir Putin promises Belarus Iskander-M missiles to counter 'aggressive' West Jun 25, 2022 10:27 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin promises Belarus Iskander-M missiles to counter 'aggressive' West

    At the meeting, held in St Petersburg, Lukashenko told Putin that Belarus was concerned by the "aggressive", "confrontational" and "repulsive" policies of its neighbours Lithuania and Poland.

  • At BRICS summit, Putin slams 'thoughtless and selfish actions' of certain states that hurt global economy Jun 23, 2022 09:26 PM IST

    At BRICS summit, Putin slams 'thoughtless and selfish actions' of certain states that hurt global economy

    In an apparent allusion to the US and its Western allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the BRICS countries' cooperation in creating a multipolar world is more important than ever.

  • From Russian elites, no sign of broad challenge to Putin Jun 23, 2022 08:28 PM IST

    From Russian elites, no sign of broad challenge to Putin

    Alexander Y. Lebedev looks like a prime target for sanctions meant to prompt Russia’s elites to turn against the Kremlin. He is a onetime billionaire and a former KGB agent with deep connections both in Russia’s ruling class and in the West; his son owns British newspapers and is a member of the House of Lords.

  • Xi warns about 'expanding military alliances' at BRICS summit: State Media Jun 22, 2022 09:18 PM IST

    Xi warns about 'expanding military alliances' at BRICS summit: State Media

    Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against "expanding" military ties on Wednesday in a speech ahead of a virtual summit with top leaders from Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa.

  • India to resist anti-US messaging at BRICS summit with Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin Jun 22, 2022 07:05 AM IST

    India to resist anti-US messaging at BRICS summit with Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin

    The virtual event, which Beijing is hosting this week, is set to bring together Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.

  • Ukraine and Russia forces entrenched, Vladimir Putin to mark WWII anniversary Jun 22, 2022 06:29 AM IST

    Ukraine and Russia forces entrenched, Vladimir Putin to mark WWII anniversary

    Fighting in the months-long war has favored Russia in recent weeks because of its huge edge in artillery firepower, a fact Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy acknowledged in a late Tuesday night address.

  • In Ukraine, one minority group is ambivalent about the war Jun 17, 2022 02:52 PM IST

    In Ukraine, one minority group is ambivalent about the war

    Transcarpathia — now a hardscrabble region of Ukraine bordering Hungary — has been home to as many as 150,000 ethnic Hungarians who, through the complex horse-trading, conquests and boundary adjustments of over a century of European geopolitics, ended up within Ukraine’s borders.

  • McDonald's replacement in Russia unveils new logo Jun 10, 2022 07:18 PM IST

    McDonald's replacement in Russia unveils new logo

    The fast-food chain all set to replace McDonald’s in Russia has unveiled its new logo as it prepares to relaunch on Sunday.

  • Companies will regret leaving Russia: Vladimir Putin Jun 10, 2022 06:46 AM IST

    Companies will regret leaving Russia: Vladimir Putin

    They will regret it, not because we threaten anyone, Putin continued. They will regret it because Russia is a country with great potential, really.

  • Angela Merkel warns of isolating Russia after Vladimir Putin’s ‘big mistake’ Jun 08, 2022 09:14 AM IST

    Angela Merkel warns of isolating Russia after Vladimir Putin’s ‘big mistake’

    “There’s no excuse for this brutal aggression,” the 67-year-old said on Tuesday in an on-stage interview at a theater in central Berlin. While she has remained active behind the scenes, it was her first public appearance in front of a larger audience since leaving office in December.

  • Russia strikes Kyiv again after weeks, Vladimir Putin warns West on missile supplies Jun 06, 2022 09:52 AM IST

    Russia strikes Kyiv again after weeks, Vladimir Putin warns West on missile supplies

    In Sievierodonetsk, the main battlefield in the east where Russia has concentrated its forces recently, Ukraine officials said a counter-attack had retaken half of the city.

  • Russia must not be humiliated despite Putin's 'historic' mistake, Macron says Jun 04, 2022 10:00 PM IST

    Russia must not be humiliated despite Putin's 'historic' mistake, Macron says

    French President Emmanuel Macron said it is vital that Russia is not humiliated so that when the fighting stops in Ukraine a diplomatic solution can be found, adding that he believed Paris would play a mediating role to end the conflict.

  • Putin has cancer, survived assassination attempt in March, claims US intelligence report Jun 03, 2022 04:45 PM IST

    Putin has cancer, survived assassination attempt in March, claims US intelligence report

    Russian President Vladimir Putin was treated for cancer in April and survived an assassination attempt in March, according to a US intelligence report.

  • Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now Jun 03, 2022 08:32 AM IST

    Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

    Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

  • How the world is paying for Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine Jun 01, 2022 02:42 PM IST

    How the world is paying for Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine

    Russia is being propelled by a flood of cash that could average $800 million a day this year — and that's just what the commodity superpower is raking in from oil and gas.

  • Paris stumbles in its pre-Olympics stress test May 31, 2022 06:08 PM IST

    Paris stumbles in its pre-Olympics stress test

    Counterfeit tickets, unruly crowds at the Champions League and a little pepper spray from the police mar a big weekend in France

  • Vladimir Putin needs help from China and India on oil Europe doesn’t want May 31, 2022 01:28 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin needs help from China and India on oil Europe doesn’t want

    EU leaders agreed to pursue a partial embargo on Russian crude oil shipped on sea, potentially costing Putin up to $10 billion a year in lost export revenue.

  • As Ukraine fights, does the EU owe it membership? May 31, 2022 09:04 AM IST

    As Ukraine fights, does the EU owe it membership?

    Defying expectations, the EU has acted with speed and authority, providing significant military aid and inflicting enormous sanctions on Russia. But now it is confronting a more difficult problem: how to bind vulnerable countries such as Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to Europe in a way that helps them and does not create a further security risk down the road

  • Scholz, Macron ask Putin for 'serious direct negotiations' with Zelensky May 28, 2022 08:06 PM IST

    Scholz, Macron ask Putin for 'serious direct negotiations' with Zelensky

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to hold "direct serious negotiations" with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

  • Vladimir Putin ready to help overcome food crisis if West lifts sanctions May 27, 2022 09:16 AM IST

    Vladimir Putin ready to help overcome food crisis if West lifts sanctions

    Russia was slapped with unprecedented sanctions after Putin ordered troops into neighbouring Ukraine on February 24.

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