Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who is currently serving as the President of the Russian Federation. He was born on October 7, 1952, in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia, and has been involved in Russian politics for over two decades.
Putin first served as President of Russia from 2000 to 2008, and during that time, he implemented a number of significant economic and political reforms. He then served as Prime Minister under President Dmitry Medvedev from 2008 to 2012, before returning to the presidency in 2012 and being reelected in 2018.
During his time in office, Putin has been known for his assertive foreign policy, including Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and its involvement in the Syrian Civil War. He has also been accused of human rights violations and suppression of political opposition within Russia.
Putin's popularity in Russia remains high, and he has been credited with restoring stability and national pride to the country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, his leadership style and policies have also been the subject of controversy and criticism both within Russia and internationally.