Birth place: Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia

Father: Vladimir Putin, a factory foreman

Mother: Maria Putin

Marriage: Lyudmila (Shkrebneva) Putin (July 28, 1983-2014, divorced)

Children: Yekaterina and Maria

Education: Leningrad State University, law, 1975

Religion: Orthodox Christian

Other Facts

Enjoys working out and has a black belt in judo.

Grew up in a communal apartment shared by three families.

Served in the KGB as an intelligence officer before becoming involved in politics.

Timeline

1975 – Joins the Committee for State Security (KGB). Is on the staff of the First Chief Directorate for Foreign Intelligence for the KGB, and is assigned to shadow foreign visitors.

1984 – Is selected to attend the Red Banner Institute of Intelligence, where he learns German and English.

1985 – Is assigned to counterintelligence duties in Dresden, East Germany. Reportedly monitors loyalty of Soviet diplomats.

1990 – Becomes assistant rector (dean) for international affairs at Leningrad State University. Reportedly monitors loyalty of students and shadows foreigners.

1991 – Turns towards politics as he becomes an adviser to one of his law school mentors, Anatoly Sobchak, who is running for mayor of Leningrad. After Sobchak wins the election, Putin is tapped to work in city hall as chairman of the committee for international relations. He resigns from the KGB.

1997 – Putin is named deputy chief administrator of the Kremlin under President Boris Yeltsin.

1998 – Chief of the Federal Security Service (FSB).

1999 – Secretary of the Russian Security Council.

August 9, 1999 – Yeltsin appoints Putin as prime minister.

December 31, 1999 – Yeltsin steps down amid scandal and Putin becomes acting president. He grants Yeltsin immunity from prosecution.

March 26, 2000 – Is elected president of Russia.

May 7, 2000 – Putin is sworn in.

June 16, 2001 – Putin meets with US President George W. Bush and the men hold a joint press conference. Bush tells reporters that during the two-hour meeting, he was able to get a sense of Putin’s soul.

May 24, 2002 – Putin andBush sign the Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions, which requires each country to reduce its stockpiles of strategic nuclear warheads over the course of ten years.

March 15, 2004 – Is reelected after campaigning as an independent.

May 7, 2004 – Putin is sworn in for his second term.

April 27, 2005 – Becomes the first Russian leader to visit Israel.October 4-5, 2005 – Visits British Prime Minister Tony Blair and announces increased cooperation between Russia and Britain to fight terrorism.September 5, 2006 – Meets South African President Thabo Mbeki during the first visit to sub-Sarahan Africa by a Russian leader.

December 19, 2007 – Named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

March 2, 2008 – Dmitry Medvedev is elected president of Russia. May 7, 2008 – Just two hours after his presidential swearing in, Medvedev names Putin as prime minister.August 2008 – Russia engages in a military conflict with neighboring Georgia.

September 24, 2011 – Medvedev calls on the ruling United Russia party to endorse Putin for president in 2012. Putin in turn suggests that Medvedev should take over…

Source: Vladimir Putin Fast Facts