Vladimir Putin, born in 1952, in 1970 in what was then Leningrad, now St. Petersburg
Duma elections for the Russian Federation in Moscow on December 19, 1999. Putin was still prime minister at the time.
Vladimir Putin's inauguration as President of the Russian Federation on May 7, 2000 in Moscow. His predecessor Boris Yeltsin is to his right
Severe attacks occurred during Putin's previous term. In October 2002, 130 people died in a Moscow theater during their rescue from the Czechs' violence - most likely as a result of the security forces using gas.
A Russian police officer carries a baby from a Beslan school: On September 1, 2004, Chechen terrorists took more than 1,200 hostages, most of them children, on the first day of school at a school in Beslan in North Ossetia. As a result of the storming of the school by Russian security forces, 331 hostages officially died, but it was probably much more.
Russian President and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in October 2005 on the way to Putin's birthday party in St. Petersburg. It still connects a friendship between men.
A man with a portrait of Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in Moscow in 2006. The journalist had denounced the Putin government's grievances.
In 2008, Putin's confidante Dmitry Medvedev (right) became President and Putin became Prime Minister. A castling to later put Putin in the presidency again.
Under Putin, the Russian governmental system became increasingly illiberal. Special forces arrested demonstrators critical of the government in Moscow in 2008.
Destroyed houses in the South Ossetian capital Zchinwali: In 2008 Russia waged war with Georgia in the Caucasus.
In South Siberia, 2009: Vladimir Putin likes to present himself as strong and close to nature.
Right-wing pro-Russia activists demonstrate in Simferopol in 2010 that Crimea is part of Ukraine. In 2014 Russia annexed the Crimea.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin 2012 in Berlin. Merkel and Putin have no easy relationship, but certainly no communication problem: she speaks Russian and Putin German.
Protests in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in January 2014 against the Russian-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych. In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists started a war in 2014 with the support of Moscow.
Vladimir Putin with Russian medalists at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It later became known that there was a state-sponsored doping system in Sochi.
Poison attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK in 2018. While there was sufficient evidence of authorship of Russian intelligence officers, Putin still denies that Russia has anything to do with the attack.
Under Vladimir Putin, Russia actively intervened in the Syrian war on the side of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. The photo shows a location in Idlib province in 2015 after a (according to insurgent) Russian air raid.
US President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin officially meet in Helsinki in July 2018. They had previously had two unofficial discussions. Relations between the two countries are under pressure, partly due to the Russian war in Ukraine, nuclear rearmament and allegations by American intelligence agencies that Russia has attempted to manipulate the 2016 US election campaign.
In December 2019, Putin said that Russia now has operational hypersonic missiles that can also carry nuclear warheads. The missiles are considered too fast for defense shields. The picture shows Putin (fifth from left) on December 26 visiting the National Defense Control Center in Moscow.
In Russia, opposition figures are still fighting for truly free elections and are often brutally suppressed by security forces during their demonstrations. The photo is from a demonstration in July 2019 before the Moscow Duma elections.
January 15, 2020: The Russian government resigns (photo) from Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev (seventh from left, President Putin sits to the right of Medvedev).
On New Year's Eve in 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned and wished for Vladimir Putin, the internationally little known successor. Yeltsin had appointed him prime minister just a few months earlier; after Yeltsin resigned, Putin temporarily took over Yeltsin’s presidency and won the following elections. Putin has been in power ever since. From 2008 to 2012 he changed to the post of prime minister in order to comply with the requirements of the constitution. His confidante Dmitry Medvedev was president at the time - as Putin's placeholder. It is also Medvedev who has now resigned with his government as prime minister - probably to give Putin the opportunity to renew his rule again through a constitutional amendment. Who is this Vladimir Putin, who came from St. Petersburg as a secret service agent, decided the war in Chechnya for Russia and brought the oligarchs under his control? Who attacked Ukraine and sent Russia's bombers to Syria? An overview in pictures
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