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
When Putin sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 last year, he called it "a special military operation" - a euphemism the Kremlin, Russian ministers and state media mostly stuck to, even coining a new Russian acronym, the "SVO".
Are dams fair game in warfare? Nuclear power plants? It’s not as if Vladimir Putin would care
A spate of assaults, most recently by militia groups aligned against Moscow, has sparked the largest military evacuation effort in Russia in decades.
Even as Putin refers to the fighting as distant “tragic events,” the war keeps hitting home — with growing fissures in the military leadership, unease among the Russian elite and worrying signs for the economy
A better approach than crossing over into Russia might be simply to cut Crimea, which Putin annexed in 2014, from Russian supply lines. With luck, Putin would at that point decide that he’s had enough and grudgingly enter peace negotiations. But if Putin came under military pressure in Russia proper, he could go to any extreme
It said former President Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Putin's powerful security council, had spoken during a visit to Vietnam. Medvedev often makes hard line comments and last month described Ukrainian authorities as an infection.
The deployment of the missiles was first announced by President Vladimir Putin in March.
The Russian president wades back into US politics, declaring the Donald’s enemies his enemies too. Shouldn’t that make Republicans think?
The countries’ leaders have personally attacked each other multiple times during the war that Russia started by invading Ukraine in February 2022. The latest flare-up came Wednesday, with Russia’s claim that Ukraine had attacked the Kremlin in Moscow with drones meant to assassinate Putin.
The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Putin for alleged war crimes in Ukraine, relating to the abduction of children.
Russia accused Ukraine of a failed attempt to assassinate President Putin in a drone attack on the Kremlin citadel, and threatened to retaliate. Ukrainian President Zelenskiy said Kyiv had nothing to do with the reported attack.
Russian designer Viacheslav 'Slava' Zaitsev was watched closely by the KGB because of his contacts with Western designers and his flamboyant character.
Tatyana Bakalchuk, a 47-year-old mum of seven, who was once an English teacher with close Kremlin links, is Russia’s richest woman with a fortune of £10.7 billion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the headquarters of the Russian troops fighting in Ukraine early on April 18, his second trip to the Russian-held territories there since March.
Kara-Murza, 41, a father of three and an opposition politician who holds Russian and British passports, spent years speaking out against President Vladimir Putin and lobbied Western governments to impose sanctions on Russia and individual Russians for purported human rights violations.
Russian inflation reached 3.5 percent in March from almost 11 percent in the previous month
Putin said US foreign policy "in the end led to the current Ukrainian crisis".
Russian President Vladimir Putin is exploring ways to challenge the US with the help of friendly countries like India, Iran, and China. But he faces several hurdles as Europe has sided firmly with the US. The moot question is the outcome of the Ukraine war which will determine Russia’s position in the world
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin over war crimes and considers aggression a crime but it has no jurisdiction over Russia, which is not party to the Hague tribunal.
If anybody thought the Kremlin might be ready to talk peace, the Russian president has just proven the opposite. Even Xi Jinping may not be a happy man with this move, coming so soon after attempts to talk peace with Putin in Moscow
Vladimir Putin likened his Belarus plan on Saturday to the U.S. stationing its weapons in Europe, insisting Russia would not violate its nuclear non-proliferation promises.
Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow sent a message to the West that China will not abandon Russia and will, in fact, take the friendship to the next level. China turning Russia into its junior partner is bad news for India, which has depended long on the latter for military and diplomatic support
The ICC issued an arrest warrant on Friday, accusing Putin of the war crime of illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine. It said there are reasonable grounds to believe that Putin bears individual criminal responsibility.
Beijing can afford to keep Moscow guessing about a gas pipeline deal because it has alternatives like a proposed pipeline from Turkmenistan and shipped gas. But Russia is desperate for a deal
President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would be "forced to react" to any such British moves.