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|| October 07, 1952
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Caucasian - Russian - Reactionary - Anti-Term Limits - Pro Free Trade - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Missile Defense - Married - Russian Orthodox - Straight -
|Info||Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin |
Born on October 7, 1952 in St Petersburg, then known as Leningrad. He was raised as an only child; his two brothers died young, one shortly after birth, the other of diphtheria during World War II. Although it was officially prohibited by the Communist law, Putin was baptized in the Russian Orthodox faith. In his youth he was often called Putka. His father, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, was a factory foreman and died in August 1999 (his mother, Maria Ivanovna Putina, died six months earlier).
Mr Putin has good command of English and German and he is fond of sports, especially wrestling. He has been going in for sambo (a Russian style of self-defence) and judo since the age of 11. He won the sambo championships of St Petersburg many times and became Master of Sports first in sambo and later in judo. Putin doesn't smoke and he is not an excessive drinker.
Vladimir Putin is married to Lyudmila (1958) and has two daughters: Katya (1985) and Masha (1986). They were both born in Dresden, Germany and now attend an international school in Moscow. The Putins love animals; they own a white poodle called Tosca. Lyudmila is a graduate of the philological department of the Leningrad State University.
After the graduation from the Leningrad State University as lawyer (1975), Vladimir Putin worked for the USSR Committee of State Security (KGB). In 1991 he quit his job as intelligence officer and received a position in the office of Saint Petersburg's mayor. In 1994-1996 he served as first deputy chairman of the Government of Saint Petersburg. In August 1996 Putin was called to Moscow to be appointed deputy office manager of the President of the Russian Federation. He continued his career as a deputy (from 26 Mar 1997) and first deputy (from 25 May 1998) to the Head of the President's Administration. Then Putin headed the Federal Security Agency as director (25 Jul 1998 - 9 Aug 1999) and also assumed the position of secretary of the Security Council (from 29 Mar 1999).
On the eve of the resignation of the government headed by Sergey Stepashin, Putin was appointed First Deputy Chairman of the Government (9 Aug 1999) and the same day was named Acting Chairman. He was approved by the State Duma and appointed Chairman by decree of President Boris Yeltsin (16 Aug 1999). According to constitutional provisions, Putin as head of government temporarily assumed the duties of President after the resignation of Yeltsin (31 Dec 1999).