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Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer serving as the current president of Russia.

Putin has served continuously as president or prime minister since 1999, as prime minister from 1999 to 2000 and from 2008 to 2012, and as president from 2000 to 2008 and since 2012.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born on October 7, 1952, in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia.

 Putin served as an officer in the Soviet security agency KGB from 1975 to 1991. He worked in various positions, including intelligence and counterintelligence, and was stationed in East Germany for several years.

In 1999, he was appointed Prime Minister by then-President Boris Yeltsin.

 He won the presidential election in 2000 and served as President until 2008. He was re-elected for a third term in 2012 and a fourth term in 2018, with constitutional changes allowing him to extend his time in office.

 Putin is associated with the United Russia party, which has been the ruling party in Russia for many years. He served as the party's leader from 2008 to 2012.

Putin has cultivated a strongman image and enjoys high approval ratings within Russia. He is often portrayed in media and propaganda as a strong, decisive leader.

Under Putin's leadership, Russia has sought to assert itself as a major player in international affairs. It has been involved in conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and has had a complex relationship with Western countries.