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Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

 
Born in 1952 to a working-class family in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg)
Graduated from the law faculty of Leningrad State University in 1975
A fifteen-year career with the KGB’s foreign intelligence arm in Leningrad and East Germany
Built a respectable career in reformist politics in the first half of 1990s as deputy mayor to Anatoly Sobchak, St. Petersburg’s mayor
In 1996 moved to Moscow
In 1998 promoted to chief of the secret police, the Federal Security Service (FSB)
In early 1999 Putin was made secretary of the Security Council
In early August 1999 Putin was made prime minister and was “officially” named by Yeltsin heir apparent to the presidency
Became Acting President following Yeltsin’s resignation on 31 December 1999
Elected President in March 2000 elections
Re-elected President for the second term in March 2004
Appointed Prime Minister in May 2008
In November 2011, Putin was endorsed as a candidate for the forthcoming presidential elections by United Russia
 
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