Russian President Vladimir Putin – responsible for the invasion of Ukraine killing an unknown number of innocent civilians
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born on October 7, 1952 (age 69). He is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer but has risen to be the current president of Russia after taking office in 2012.
Putin served as the prime minister from 1999 to 2000, then president from 2000 to 2008, and re-elected in 2012.
Putin was born in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, and studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975.
Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years and was raised to the rank of lieutenant colonel before resigning in 1991 to begin his political career in Saint Petersburgh.
He moved to Moscow in 1996 to join the administration of President Boris Yelstin. Briefly, he served as the director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and secretary of the Security Council before he was appointed as prime minister in August 1999.
After Yelstin resigned, Putin became the acting president, less than four months later was elected to his first term as president as re-elected in 2004. However, he was constitutionally limited to two consequences terms as president, therefore, Putin served as the prime minister from 2008 to 2012 and returned to the presidency in 2012 in an election by allegations of fraud and protests, but was elected again in 2018. In April 2021, he signed into law constitutional amendments, including one that would allow him to run for reelection twice more, potentially extending him as president until 2036.
WORLD IN PROGRESS AS THE INVASION OF UKRAINE CONTINUES