Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952)

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who is the current president of Russia.

He has been serving in this position since 2012, and he previously held this office from 1999 until 2008.

He was also the prime minister from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012.

Putin is the second-longest current serving European president after Alexander Lukashenko.

Putin was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) and studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975.

Putin worked as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, before resigning in 1991 to begin a political career in Saint Petersburg.

He later moved to Moscow in 1996 to join the administration of president Boris Yeltsin.

He briefly served as director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and secretary of the Security Council, before being appointed as prime minister in August 1999.

After the resignation of Yeltsin, Putin became acting president, and less than four months later was elected outright to his first term as president and was reelected in 2004.