Today, Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 70th birthday. According to Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for Russian President, Putin is planning to meet with the leaders of the CIS countries on his anniversary.
Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad. Putin's father, Vladimir, worked in a factory, and during the Second World War, fought in a sabotage unit of the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs,) defended Leningrad. His mother, Maria, also worked at the factory and later as a nurse at the local hospital. Vladimir Putin's father was awarded military decorations, and his mother lived through the terrible time of the blockade of Leningrad.
“It is his birthday today, his anniversary,” Alexei Mukhin, CEO of the Political Information Center, told Vek. “His life journey is connected with Russia. Vladimir Putin's main goal, which he himself has repeatedly said, is the well-being of the country. He is working in this direction, and we see the results of this work.”
Little Volodya was a late child, the third son in the family, and the two older brothers had died before he was born. The older brother Albert died before the war, the other, Victor, was taken from his parents to be sent to evacuation. Only in 2014, Putin was shown the archival records of the burial place of Viktor, who died of diphtheria.
After graduating from high school, Vladimir Putin enrolled at Leningrad State University in the International Department of the Faculty of Law. Since his adolescence he became interested in martial arts and joined the sambo and judo sections. There are the honorable 9th dan in Korean martial arts Taekwondo and the 8th dan in Kyokushinkai among his sports achievements.
After graduating from LSU, Vladimir Putin joined the State Security Committee, and a little later, after completing courses of operational training, he obtained the rank of lieutenant and continued to work in the Leningrad department of this agency, in the sector of counterintelligence.
In the 1970s, Vladimir Putin received professional training at the Higher School of the KGB. In 1985, he graduated from the Red Banner Institute of the KGB, where he was already trained as an intelligence officer.
After that, the future president of Russia was seconded to the German Democratic Republic, where he worked undercover as head of the USSR-GDR House of Friendship until 1990.
After returning to Leningrad, Vladimir Putin worked as assistant to the rector of Leningrad State University on international affairs, and a little later became an advisor to the chairman of the Leningrad City Council.
Starting from the summer of 1991, Putin served as chairman of the Committee on External Communications of the St. Petersburg Mayor's Office, and since 1994, as first deputy chairman of the government of the Northern Capital. At the same time, he reported for retirement from the Soviet KGB.
Vladimir Putin came to Moscow in 1996, when he was offered the post of Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of the Russian Federation. In the capital, his career began to develop rapidly. Already in March 1997, Putin became deputy head of the Presidential Administration and head of the Main Control Directorate of the President of the Russian Federation. In May 1998, Vladimir Putin was already the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration, and in July of the same year he was appointed Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
Since March 1999, he was also Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, but in August, at the suggestion of then President Boris Yeltsin, Putin took over as Prime Minister of Russia.
As known, at Yeltsin's request on December 31, 1999 Vladimir Putin became acting president of Russia, and on March 26, 2000 he was elected president of Russia. On March 14, 2004 Putin was elected for a second term.
On May 8, 2008, by the decree of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin was appointed Prime Minister of Russia, and on March 4, 2012 he was again elected president of our country.
Recall that during his presidential term, a momentous event happened in Russia. Crimea, which in the minds of all the people of our country has always been and remains an integral part of Russia, became a part of the Russian Federation on the basis of the referendum held in the Republic of Crimea on March 16, 2014.
“An absolute part of Russia's population supports Putin,” Mukhin said, “and the rest are in what they call restrained feelings, and restrained to such an extent that they sometimes even leave the country at a critical moment, which causes regret and amazement. But this always happens in Russia.”
Mukhin believes that all that can be wished for Vladimir Putin is patience and firmness on the way he has chosen. According to Mukhin, the people who support him will certainly support him in the future. The political scientist believes that such support for the president's political life is a very important point. “By the way, he has repeatedly talked about this, including during meetings with citizens, for example, at some public events, including concerts dedicated to key events in Russia's modern history,” said Mukhin.
As known, our armed forces are now defending Donbass and fighting Nazism and militarism in Ukraine. On March 18, 2018, Vladimir Putin was re-elected as president of the Russian Federation for a fourth term, receiving 76.69% of the vote. He is now a political and statesman known around the world. He is the current President of the Russian Federation and Commander-in-Chief of our country's Armed Forces. Despite criticism by the opposition, often unfounded, for more than 20 years he has managed to retain the most important thing: the support of Russians, while remaining one of the key figures on a global scale.
According to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin will hold an informal meeting with the CIS leaders on the day of his birthday in St. Petersburg. In the evening, the president is likely to celebrate his birthday with his family and friends.
It is noteworthy that mass events and sports competitions are organized in the Chechen Republic in honor of the birthday of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Olympic Judo Training Center named after V. Putin and the Minutka multifunctional complex will be opened. According to the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, all the peoples of Russia “are very lucky to have him as the President.” Kadyrov believes that Vladimir Putin is our country's number one patriot, and no one worries about our homeland the way Vladimir Putin does.
“His entire speech during the signing of the treaties on the accession of the LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions was literally permeated with love, worry and pride for the homeland. At the same time, he spoke about the most important. He spoke about the need to respect and preserve family values, the protection of religion, the homeland, the people,” said Kadyrov.
“The citizens of our country delegated political powers to Putin in 2018, and he executes them in full. If you have any complaints express them through elections, and not as in Ukraine with the help of the Maidan. Ukraine's example shows perfectly well how not to do it,” Mukhin said in an interview with wek.ru.