Russian President Vladimir Putin turns 69

17:24, 07 October 2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin turns 69 Photo: kremlin.ru

Russia's President Vladimir Putin turns 69 on October 7, 2021. 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wished Putin happy birthday during a phone call on Thursday.

From KGB agent's job to the presidency

Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). In 1975, he graduated from the Department of Law of Leningrad State University. In 1985, he received an academic degree, Candidate of Sciences in Law from the Andropov Institute of the KGB of the USSR.

His first job was in the secretariat and later in the counter-intelligence unit of the KGB of the USSR. In 1985, Putin was assigned to the KGB office in the German Democratic Republic in Dresden till 1990. 

In 1991, Putin was appointed to chair the foreign relations committee of the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Office. In 1992, he took the position of St. Petersburg’s deputy mayor while retaining the post of the foreign relations committee chief. In 1994, Putin became the first deputy of St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak.

Since 1996 he was transferred to a deputy chief position at the Russian presidential property directorate in Moscow. Starting from 1997 - deputy chief of the presidential staff, chief of the presidential Main Control Directorate.

In 1998-1999 - director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

In 1999, first Russian President Boris Yeltsin appointed Putin as new Prime Minister dismissing the Sergey Stepashin-led government. During a televised address Yeltsin said that he saw him as his successor. At the very end of 1999 Russian President declared his resignation thus placing presidential duties on Putin.

In 2000, Vladimir Putin won the presidential elections collecting 52.94% of the votes in the first round, and was re-elected for the second term in 2004.

Putin held the position of Russian Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012 while leading the national party United Russia. 

In 2012, he was elected as President back by a 63.6% majority vote in the first round for a six years term under an amendment to the Constitution introduced in 2008.

He was again re-elected for the presidency by a 76.69% majority vote in 2018. 

Personal achievements

In 2007, Time magazine named Putin Person of the Year. 

Putin has achieved the rank of Colonel, retired from the service.

Champion in judo and sambo wrestling. Putin possesses a Black belt in karate. In 2013, he obtained honorary ninth dan in Korea’s martial art taekwondo.

Putin officially remains single following the formal divorce with Lyudmila Putina in 2006 after 30 years of marriage. The pair has two daughters, Maria and Yekaterina.

Putin's residential matter

According to the 2020 declaration, his net wealth was said to be 9.995 million rubles ($139,000).

Talking Russian President's real estate, he has a 77-square-meter apartment in St. Petersburg. He also owns a garage that measures 18-square meters. 

Among his residencies is the Novo-Ogaryevo palace located in the western part of the Moscow region which became Putin’s official residence in 2000, and the Kremlin. Novo-Ogaryevo house was built in the 19th century by order of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, the brother of Emperor Alexander III, later used as a residence by the Soviet government. He was also assigned with a Russian government-leased 153.7 square meters apartment in Moscow on Akademika Zelinskogo Street, 6.

Russian President frequently enjoys spending time in his main summer residence Bocharov Ruchey in the resort city of Sochi by the Black Sea, some 1,000 miles South of Moscow. His government dacha was commissioned by a Soviet Marshall Kliment Voroshilov and completed in 1955.

His other official Valdai residence is located in the Novgorod Region. The Office of the Russian President holds a formerly owned by the Romanov family Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, on the Gulf of Finland.  Known as the Congress Palace it only holds official state events. The other formally listed residency is Yantar palace in Kaliningrad.