48 Facts About President Putin

1. President Putin condemned the foreign military intervention of Libya, he called UN resolution as "defective and flawed", and added "It allows everything.

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2. President Putin co-authored a book on his favorite sport, published in Russian as Judo with Vladimir Putin, and in English under the title Judo: History, Theory, Practice.

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3. President Putin has displayed an interest in ice hockey and bandy, the latter which in Russia often is called 'Russian hockey'.

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4. President Putin watches football, and supports FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, from his home city.

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5. President Putin states, "I did as she said and then put the cross around my neck.

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6. The name of Vladimir President Putin does not appear in any of the records, and Putin denied his involvement with the company.

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7. On 28 July 1983, President Putin married Lyudmila Shkrebneva, and they lived together in East Germany from 1985 to 1990.

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8. President Putin is known for his often tough and sharp language, often alluding to Russian jokes and folk sayings.

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9. President Putin has produced a large number of aphorisms and catch-phrases known as putinisms.

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10. President Putin condemned the foreign military intervention of Libya, he called UN resolution as "defective and flawed", and added "It allows everything.

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11. President Putin was quoted as describing Iran as a "partner", though he expressed concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme.

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12. On 16 October 2007, President Putin visited Iran to participate in the Second Caspian Summit in Tehran, where he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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13. On 9 November 2016, President Putin congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the 45th President of the United States.

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14. In February 2007, President Putin criticized what he called the United States' monopolistic dominance in global relations, and "almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations".

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15. President Putin endorsed the idea of a Eurasian Union in 2011; the concept was proposed by the President of Kazakhstan in 1994.

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16. In December 2004, President Putin criticised the Rose and Orange revolutions, saying: "If you have permanent revolutions you risk plunging the post-Soviet space into endless conflict".

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17. In 2012, President Putin wrote an article in the Hindu newspaper, saying that "The Declaration on Strategic Partnership between India and Russia signed in October 2000 became a truly historic step".

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18. President Putin is chairman of the Russian Geographical Society's board of trustees and is actively engaged in the protection of rare species.

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19. In 2007, President Putin led a successful effort on behalf of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Paralympics, the first Winter Olympic Games to ever be hosted by Russia.

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20. President Putin has promoted new think tanks that bring together like-minded intellectuals and writers.

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21. President Putin has attacked globalism and neo-liberalism and is identified by scholars with Russian conservatism.

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22. President Putin established a good relationship with Patriarchs of the Russian Church, the late Alexy II of Moscow and the current Kirill of Moscow.

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23. In 2012, President Putin was honored in Bethlehem and a street was named after him.

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24. In 2004, President Putin signed the Kyoto Protocol treaty designed to reduce greenhouse gases.

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25. On 14 June 2018, President Putin opened the 21st FIFA World Cup, which took place in Russia for the first time.

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26. On 25 May 2018, President Putin announced that he would not run for president in 2024, justifying this in compliance with the Russian Constitution.

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27. On 18 May 2018, Vladimir President Putin signed decrees on the composition of the new Government.

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28. On 15 May 2018, Vladimir President Putin took part in the opening of the movement along the highway section of the Crimean bridge.

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29. President Putin has consistently denied any Russian interference in the US election.

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30. In June 2013, President Putin attended a televised rally of the All-Russia People's Front where he was elected head of the movement, which was set up in 2011.

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31. President Putin revealed that the two men had long ago cut a deal to allow Putin to run for president in 2012.

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32. President Putin was barred from a third consecutive term by the Constitution.

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33. On 12 September 2007, President Putin dissolved the government upon the request of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov.

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34. On 12 February 2001, President Putin signed a similar federal law which replaced the decree of 1999.

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35. On his appointment, few expected President Putin, virtually unknown to the general public, to last any longer than his predecessors.

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36. On 25 May 1998, President Putin was appointed First Deputy Chief of Presidential Staff for regions, replacing Viktoriya Mitina; and, on 15 July, he was appointed head of the commission for the preparation of agreements on the delimitation of power of regions and the federal center attached to the president, replacing Sergey Shakhray.

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37. In May 1990, President Putin was appointed as an advisor on international affairs to the Mayor of Leningrad Anatoly Sobchak.

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38. In 1999, President Putin described communism as "a blind alley, far away from the mainstream of civilization".

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39. President Putin met Anatoly Sobchak, an assistant professor who taught business law, and who would be influential in Putin's career.

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40. President Putin studied Law at the Leningrad State University in 1970 and graduated in 1975.

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41. President Putin wished to emulate the intelligence officers portrayed in Soviet cinema.

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42. President Putin is a Judo black belt and national master of sports in Sambo.

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43. President Putin was one of a few in the class of approximately 45 pupils who was not yet a member of the Young Pioneer organization.

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44. On 1 September 1960, President Putin started at School No 193 at Baskov Lane, near his home.

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45. In September 2011, President Putin announced he would seek a third term as president.

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46. President Putin moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin's administration, rising quickly through the ranks and becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999, when Yeltsin resigned.

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47. President Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before resigning in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg.

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48. President Putin studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975.

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