101 Facts About President Vladimir Putin

1. President Vladimir Putin added: "And I applaud his plan for the border wall.

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2. President Vladimir 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 Vladimir 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 Vladimir Putin received Pasha, a Sarplaninac puppy as a gift from Serbia during his state visit in January 2019.

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5. President Vladimir 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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6. President Vladimir 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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7. President Vladimir 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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8. In September 1984, President Vladimir Putin was sent to Moscow for further training at the Yuri Andropov Red Banner Institute.

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9. President Vladimir Putin met Anatoly Sobchak, an assistant professor who taught business law, was co-author of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, and who would be influential in Putin's career.

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

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

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12. President Vladimir 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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13. President Vladimir 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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14. President Vladimir Putin studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975.

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15. On May 7, 2000, President Vladimir Putin was officially sworn in as Russia's second president and its first in a free transfer of power in the nation's 1,100-year history.

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16. President Vladimir Putin won with 52.6 percent of the vote as compared to runner-up Zyuganov, who gathered 29.3 percent.

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17. President Vladimir Putin gained the nickname "the gray cardinal" in response to his behind-the-scenes influence and low profile.

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18. Around the time President Vladimir Putin went to East Germany, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was beginning to introduce economic and social reforms.

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19. President Vladimir Putin appeared to genuinely enjoy socializing with Germans, unlike many other KGB agents, and respected the German trait of discipline.

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20. President Vladimir Putin was born on October 1, 1952, in Leningrad (now St Petersburg), Russia.

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21. President Vladimir Putin has two daughters, but has managed to keep their lives top secret.

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22. President Vladimir Putin loves dogs and owns many, occasionally even bringing them along to political talks.

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23. President Vladimir Putin once shot a polar bear in the name of science.

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24. President Vladimir Putin once "saved" a TV crew from a tiger attack by shooting the exotic cat with a tranquilizer dart.

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25. President Vladimir Putin burned the KGB files while escaping Dresden, in the wake of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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26. President Vladimir Putin has a black belt in Judo, which he received at the age of 18.

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27. President Vladimir Putin served as the prime minister of Russia from 2008 to 2012 under Dmitry Medvedev.

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28. President Vladimir Putin studied German and was active in sports during high school.

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29. President Vladimir Putin told the management during a meeting: "When I said I was coming here, they jumped around like cockroaches.

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30. President Vladimir Putin was head of the leadership party United Russia for four years, without being a member.

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31. President Vladimir Putin likes to display himself as an ice hockey player.

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32. President Vladimir Putin mentioned the company by name in his earlier press conference with US President Donald Trump.

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33. President Vladimir Putin had wished for a higher turnout than in his 2012 election victory, and ballot stuffing was observed in numerous locations.

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34. On February 12, 2015, President Vladimir Putin met with other world leaders in Minsk to approve a 12-point peace plan aimed at ending the fighting in Ukraine.

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35. President Vladimir Putin commemorated the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the post-Soviet constitution in December 2013 by ordering the release of some 25,000 individuals from Russian prisons.

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36. President Vladimir Putin quickly reasserted control over Russia's 89 regions and republics, dividing them into seven new federal districts, each headed by a representative appointed by the president.

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37. In 1996 President Vladimir Putin moved to Moscow, where he joined the presidential staff as deputy to Pavel Borodin, the Kremlin's chief administrator.

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38. President Vladimir Putin served 15 years as a foreign intelligence officer for the KGB, including six years in Dresden, East Germany.

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39. President Vladimir Putin said that once he went whitewater rafting with his daughters down mountain rivers in Altai.

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40. In 2013, President Vladimir Putin entered a submersible and sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland, some 200 feet underwater, just to check out a 140-year-old shipwreck.

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41. President Vladimir Putin once took to the skies in this contraption, in order to accompany Siberian white cranes on their migratory route to Asia.

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42. President Vladimir Putin took aim at a gray whale while hanging out with some marine biologists back in 2010.

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43. President Vladimir Putin is eager to help out in the rescuing and preservation of endangered species.

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44. In 1996, President Vladimir Putin moved to Moscow and served on the presidential staff as deputy to the Kremlin's chief administrator.

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45. President Vladimir Putin served 15 years as a foreign intelligence officer for the KGB, including six years in Dresden, East Germany.

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46. In 1970, President Vladimir Putin became a student at Leningrad State University's law department, where he wrote a thesis on "The Most Favored Nation Trading Principle in International Law.

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47. President Vladimir Putin has certainly created a strong, recognisable image for himself, seemingly taking elements from Hollywood action movies, Cold War spy novels and Soviet propaganda alike.

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48. President Vladimir Putin has two daughters but their lives are kept a total secret.

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49. In 2010, according to The Moscow Times, President Vladimir Putin took the co-pilot's seat on a firefighting plane, held the throttle and pushed the button that would dump 24 tons of water on the forest fire.

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50. President Vladimir Putin once staged an event in which he appeared to save a TV crew from a tiger attack.

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51. In 2012, President Vladimir Putin elevated his reputation as a lover of animals by flying in a light aircraft to track the migration routes of Siberian cranes.

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52. In 2003, President Vladimir Putin brought the Chechen rebellion under control with a new constitution that established a semi-autonomous Chechnya as part of the Russian Federation.

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53. President Vladimir Putin denied any such attempts to disrupt the US election, and despite the assessments of his intelligence agencies, President Trump generally seemed to favor the word of his Russian counterpart.

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54. President Vladimir Putin could not run for the presidency again in 2008, but was appointed prime minister by his successor, Dmitry Medvedev.

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55. President Vladimir Putin is known to promote fitness and a healthy way of life among Russians.

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56. President Vladimir Putin was named as Person of the Year by Time Magazine in 2007.

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57. President Vladimir Putin decided to immobilize the whale for some time and shot it with a crossbow.

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58. President Vladimir Putin plays ice hockey and practices for hours in an ice rink outside town.

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59. President Vladimir Putin is so fond of this former action hero that he once proposed USA to make Seagul Russia's honorary consul in Arizona and California.

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60. President Vladimir Putin was known for his tough stands on Syrian matter or on whistle blower Edward Snowden matter.

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61. President Vladimir Putin has always guarded his family life in secrecy, especially the identity of his kids.

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62. President Vladimir Putin served 15 years as a foreign intelligence officer for the KGB, he was posted to Dresden in the then German Democratic Republic in 1985 and spent five years undercover.

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63. President Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad, Russia, on October 7, 1952.

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64. President Vladimir Putin has always attracted controversies from his leadership style to some of his international relations and policies.

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65. President Vladimir Putin is a Judo black belt holder and the national master of sports in Sambo.

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66. President Vladimir Putin says he is not against meeting with Ukrainian president.

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67. President Vladimir Putin began training in sambo at the age of 14, before switching to judo, which he continues to practice.

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

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

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70. President Vladimir Putin's reported 2006 income totalled 2 million rubles.

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

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

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

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74. President Vladimir 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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75. President Vladimir Putin was quoted as describing Iran as a "partner", though he expressed concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme.

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76. At a press conference after the summit President Vladimir Putin said that "all our states have the right to develop their peaceful nuclear programmes without any restrictions".

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

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

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79. President Vladimir Putin opposed Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence, warning supporters of that precedent that it would de facto destabilize the whole system of international relations.

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80. In February 2007, President Vladimir 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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81. President Vladimir 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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82. In December 2004, President Vladimir 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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83. In 2012, President Vladimir 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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84. President Vladimir 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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85. In 2007, President Vladimir 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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86. President Vladimir Putin has promoted new think tanks that bring together like-minded intellectuals and writers.

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

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88. President Vladimir Putin has promoted explicitly conservative policies in social, cultural and political matters, both at home and abroad.

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

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

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

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

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

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94. In June 2013, President Vladimir 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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95. President Vladimir Putin was barred from a third consecutive term by the Constitution.

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

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

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

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99. On 25 May 1998, President Vladimir 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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100. In May 1990, President Vladimir Putin was appointed as an advisor on international affairs to the Mayor of Leningrad Anatoly Sobchak.

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

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