Vladimir Putin: A brief profile of the Russian president

Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, after securing an expected victory in presidential election.

Vladimir Putin

Born in St Petersburg in 1952, Vladimir Putin began his career with the KGB, the Soviet-era security police. From 1990 he worked in the St Petersburg administration before moving to Moscow in 1996. By August 1999 he was prime minister.

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Vladimir Putin: A brief profile of the Russian president

As Boris Yeltsin's prime minister, he oversaw the launch of a second war to crush rebels in Chechnya. When Yeltsin resigned on New Year's Eve, Putin took over as president, being officially elected in March 2000.

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Vladimir Putin: A brief profile of the Russian president

In 2004, Putin was re-elected as president and in 2008, at the end of his second term Putin gave power to his protege Dmitry Medvedev and became prime minister.

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Vladimir Putin: A brief profile of the Russian president

2012: He returned as president, for a term which has been extended from four to six years, amid unprecedented opposition protests.

2013: After three decades of marriage, he divorced Lyudmila with whom he has two daughters.

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Vladimir Putin: A brief profile of the Russian president

2014: He annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

2015: Gave military backing to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

2017: In December, he announced he will seek a new six-year term as president in March 2018.

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Vladimir Putin

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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