|Real Name||Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin|
|Nickname||VVP, Volodoya, Vova, Grey Cardinal|
|Political Journey||• Acting President of the Russian Federation (1999-2000).|
• Elected as the Russian President on 7 May 2010 (2000-2004).
• Elected to the presidency for a second term on 14 March 2004 (2004-2008).
• Chosen as the Prime Minister on 8 May 2008 (2008-2012).
• Elected again as the President on 4 March 2012. (2012-2016).
|Biggest Rival||Boris Nemtsov (Died, 2015)|
Physical Stats and More
|Height||in centimeters- 168 cm|
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
|Weight||in Kilograms- 71 kg|
in Pounds- 152 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Light Brown|
|Date of Birth||7 October 1952|
|Age (as in 2016)||64 Years|
|Birth Place||Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Libra|
|Hometown||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|School||St. Petersburg High School|
|College||St. Petersburg State University|
|Educational Qualifications||Degree in Law|
|Debut||In 1990, he was appointed as an advisor on international affairs to Mayor Sobchak.|
|Family||Father– Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin (Conscript in Soviet Navy)|
Mother– Maria Ivanovna Putina (Factory worker)
Brothers– Albert Putin (Died in infancy), Viktor Putin (Died of Diphtheria during the Siege of Leningrad)
|Hobbies||Judo, Skiing, Ice Hockey, Horse Riding, Fishing, Swimming, Hunting|
|Controversies||• Time & again, Putin has been accused of controlling and influencing the Russian media. For instance, in 2008, when the liberal newspaper ‘Moskovsky Korrespondent’ reported that Putin was planning to marry a rhythmic gymnast named Alina Kabayeva, the editor was forced to resign within hours.|
• In July 2016, Putin signed the controversial ‘Big-Brother Law’. According to this law, every telecom/internet service provider has to store users’ calls, messages, photographs and videos for six months, as well as metadata for up to three years. Although, this law has been passed to curb the menace of terrorism, many service providers said that storing so much data would cost them as much as 4 times their annual profit. Moreover, this bill interferes with the private lives of Russian citizens.
• In November 2014, at the APEC summit, Putin made a warm gesture by wrapping a shawl around China’s First Lady, Peng Liyuan. Soon after this video surfaced online, many people started doubting Putin’s intentions. As China is traditionally conservative on public interaction between unrelated men and women, the public show of consideration by Putin was not taken in the way it was intended to be. As a result, the video was completely scrubbed from Chinese TV & Internet.
• In 2014, Putin led Russian government was accused of shooting down a Malaysian passenger Plane, MH-17, flying over the troubled region of eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers on-board. Putin has denied any wrongdoing and was quoted as saying, “If MH-17 crashed in Ukraine, it is Ukraine’s fault.”
• Allegedly, Putin has also been associated with the assassinations of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko & politician rival Boris Nemtsov.
Girls, Affairs and More
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Alina Kabayeva, Russian Gymnast (2008)|
Wendi Murdoch, Film Actress & Producer (Rumored, 2016)
|Wife||Lyudmila Ocheretnaya (Divorced, 2013)|
|Children||Daughters– Maria Putin (Elder), Yekaterina Putin|
|Net Worth||Not Known|
|Cars Collection||Lada Kalina, Volga GAZ-21, Niva|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vladimir Putin
- Does Vladimir Putin smoke: No
- Does Vladimir Putin drink alcohol: Yes
- Putin was conceived in a poor Soviet family; he lived in a shared flat piece with his folks.
- Putin earned a Black Belt in Judo at 18 years old. As per him, he was ease back to begin Puberty, and so as to abstain from tormenting by other male young people who accomplished adolescence before him, he took in this type of resistance.
- For around 16 years Putin filled in as an officer in the KGB (Committee for State Security), spying for the ‘mystery police office’ in East Germany in the vicinity of 1975 and 1991. Putin’s central occupation was to enlist outsiders in the expectation of sending them as covert specialists to the USA.
- Presumably in light of his ‘abhorrence’ towards the ‘English’, he doesn’t care for communicating in English dialect.
- In 2003, Russian government actualized a few unfriendly against gay laws in the nation, along these lines affirming Putin’s homophobic mentality.
- Inferable from Putin’s security concerns, it is asserted that his two girls, Maria and Yekaterina, went to college under false names and even to this date no one thinks about their correct whereabouts.
- In December 2010, at a philanthropy occasion in St. Petersburg, Putin sang the song Blueberry Hill for the gathering of people. Strangely, the group included renowned faces like Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner & Gerard Depardieu.