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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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  • European Union tentatively backs $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil Dec 02, 2022 10:46 PM IST

    European Union tentatively backs $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

    Some criticize that as not low enough to cut into one of Russia's main sources of income.

  • Kremlin says Putin open to talks but U.S. stance on Ukraine makes it difficult Dec 02, 2022 03:59 PM IST

    Kremlin says Putin open to talks but U.S. stance on Ukraine makes it difficult

    U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday he had no immediate plans to contact Putin but was prepared to speak with the Russian president if he showed an interest in ending the war in Ukraine.

  • Vladimir Putin to meet mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine Nov 25, 2022 12:21 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin to meet mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine

    The war in Ukraine has killed and wounded tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, according to the United States, and the Russian invasion has triggered the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis.

  • Vladimir Putin warns of 'grave consequences' to oil price caps Nov 24, 2022 09:19 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin warns of 'grave consequences' to oil price caps

  • Winter will be a major factor in the Ukraine war, officials say Nov 12, 2022 10:58 PM IST

    Winter will be a major factor in the Ukraine war, officials say

    Although the officials say Moscow is likely to continue to attack Ukrainian troops, bases, infrastructure and the electrical grid, the coming winter is expected to bring a slowdown in military advances on both sides.

  • Vladimir Putin may participate in G20 summit via video link Nov 10, 2022 12:09 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin may participate in G20 summit via video link

    As G20 host, Indonesia has resisted pressure from Western countries and Ukraine to withdraw its invitation to Putin and expel Russia from the group over the war in Ukraine, saying it lacks the authority to do so without consensus among members.

  • G20 host Indonesia says Vladimir Putin may seek to join summit virtually Nov 10, 2022 07:02 AM IST

    G20 host Indonesia says Vladimir Putin may seek to join summit virtually

    Joko Widodo, who is this year's chair of the bloc of major economies, said Putin during a phone conversation last week had not ruled out attending the summit in Bali, and would join if possible.

  • G20 host Indonesia says Vladimir Putin may seek to join summit virtually Nov 08, 2022 02:11 PM IST

    G20 host Indonesia says Vladimir Putin may seek to join summit virtually

    Joko Widodo, who is this year's chair of the bloc of major economies, said Putin during a phone conversation last week had not ruled out attending the summit in Bali, and would join if possible.

  • Vladimir Putin praises Indians as 'talented' and 'driven' Nov 05, 2022 10:09 AM IST

    Vladimir Putin praises Indians as 'talented' and 'driven'

    The Russian premier was speaking on the occasion of Russia's Unity Day on November 4.

  • Will America enter the Russia-Ukraine war if casualties rise? Oct 31, 2022 02:12 PM IST

    Will America enter the Russia-Ukraine war if casualties rise?

    If Russia were to use its air force fully, the costs for the Ukraine military and the civilian population would be overwhelming, putting pressure on the United States to join in a direct confrontation with Russia, say analysts

  • Russia halts Ukraine Black Sea grain exports, Joe Biden outraged Oct 30, 2022 09:35 AM IST

    Russia halts Ukraine Black Sea grain exports, Joe Biden outraged

    The United Nations is in contact with Russian authorities about the situation, a U.N. spokesman said.

  • Putin says West uses sanctions to hold back rivals Oct 27, 2022 08:27 PM IST

    Putin says West uses sanctions to hold back rivals

    Putin said Western countries had "thrown aside the rules" of international affairs in order to maintain their domination and hold down what they saw as "second-class civilisations."

  • Vladimir Putin did not congratulate Sunak as UK 'unfriendly' country: Kremlin Oct 26, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin did not congratulate Sunak as UK 'unfriendly' country: Kremlin

    "Britain currently belongs to the category of unfriendly countries. So no, a (congratulations) telegram was not sent," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

  • Watch: Vladimir Putin hugs soldiers, tries rifle during training camp visit Oct 21, 2022 02:50 PM IST

    Watch: Vladimir Putin hugs soldiers, tries rifle during training camp visit

    Russia-Ukraine war: Vladimir Putin, who has drawn worldwide condemnation for ordering an invasion of Ukraine, was briefed about the training of those recently conscripted into the Russian army.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres says he fully supports PM Modi's 'not an era of war' remark to Russian President Vladimir Putin Oct 18, 2022 11:22 AM IST

    UN chief Antonio Guterres says he fully supports PM Modi's 'not an era of war' remark to Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Speaking to PTI here ahead of his visit to India, Guterres also said he is "very concerned” with escalation in the Russia-Ukraine war, “especially when escalation causes a large number of civilian victims, obviously it only worsens what is already a very difficult situation."

  • Putin moves to cement annexations in Ukraine Oct 16, 2022 01:28 PM IST

    Putin moves to cement annexations in Ukraine

    Putin signed far-reaching legislation Oct. 5 to formalize the annexation, despite the fact that his forces did not actually control all of the territory, a move that was widely condemned as a violation of international law.

  • Russia drops criminal case against top economist Vladimir Mau: Sources Oct 14, 2022 03:19 PM IST

    Russia drops criminal case against top economist Vladimir Mau: Sources

    The charges against Mau, an economic liberal with close links to top policymakers, sent shockwaves through Russia’s academic and economic elite when they were announced in June.

  • Bombing Kyiv into submission? History says it won’t work Oct 12, 2022 10:21 AM IST

    Bombing Kyiv into submission? History says it won’t work

    Ever since Nazi Germany’s bombardment of London in World War II, nearly every major war has featured similar attacks on a capital’s cultural landmarks and economic functioning. But for as long as leaders have pursued this tactic, they have watched it repeatedly fail

  • Watch: Ukrainians share videos of fresh Russian missile attack on Kyiv Oct 10, 2022 02:03 PM IST

    Watch: Ukrainians share videos of fresh Russian missile attack on Kyiv

    People have been taking to social media, sharing videos of plumes of smoke and fire rising from sites where the Russian missiles hit.

  • India’s balancing act on Russia is getting trickier Oct 10, 2022 11:13 AM IST

    India’s balancing act on Russia is getting trickier

    India should consider more carefully whether alienating the US and the West is really worth it. If the next decade is to transform our economy, and young Indians’ futures, we will need Western investment, technology, and markets

  • Vladimir Putin to meet top security officials as Crimea bridge blast hits prestige Oct 10, 2022 07:03 AM IST

    Vladimir Putin to meet top security officials as Crimea bridge blast hits prestige

    “The authors, the executors, the commissioners are Ukraine’s secret services,” Putin said at a meeting with Alexander Bastrykin, chairman of Russia’s Investigative Commission, according to a transcript posted on the Kremlin website.

  • Vladimir Putin calls Kerch Bridge attack 'a terrorist act' by Kyiv Oct 10, 2022 06:41 AM IST

    Vladimir Putin calls Kerch Bridge attack 'a terrorist act' by Kyiv

    The Kerch Bridge, which holds important strategic and symbolic value to Russia in its faltering war in Ukraine, was hit a day earlier by what Moscow has said was a truck bomb. Road and rail traffic on the bridge were temporarily halted, damaging a vital supply route for the Kremlin’s forces.

  • Pyramids of melons, tractor: Vladimir Putin's gifts from world leaders on 70th birthday Oct 08, 2022 12:17 PM IST

    Pyramids of melons, tractor: Vladimir Putin's gifts from world leaders on 70th birthday

    Putin didn't mention the gift in televised remarks at the start of the meeting when he talked about the need to discuss ways of settling conflicts between ex.

  • Russia-Ukraine Conflict | India thwarts Western attempts to drive a wedge between New Delhi and Moscow Oct 07, 2022 12:40 PM IST

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict | India thwarts Western attempts to drive a wedge between New Delhi and Moscow

    Notwithstanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s peace offer to the belligerents in the escalating war, India is unlikely to rush into any mammoth effort to bring Moscow and Kyiv to the negotiating table

  • Vladimir Putin's path: from pledges of stability to nuclear threats Oct 07, 2022 12:14 PM IST

    Vladimir Putin's path: from pledges of stability to nuclear threats

    As he turns 70, Russian President Vladimir Putin finds himself in the eye of a storm of his own making: His army is suffering humiliating defeats in Ukraine.