Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is serving a six year term as President of Russia since he was elected in 2012. He topped the 2013 Forbes list of most powerful people in the world.
Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008. He was Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. For 16 years Putin served as an officer in the secret service, KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. . From 1985 to 1990, the KGB stationed Putin in Dresden, East Germany, returning to Russia then and entering politics in his native Saint Petersburg in 1991.
China has responded to the US president-elect's remarks casting doubt on the "One China" policy, saying the stance was key to Sino-US ties. Trump also suggested in an interview that he may scrap sanctions against Russia.
The heads of the US intelligence community have reiterated they have strong evidence Russia mounted a successful bid to disrupt the American election. President-elect Donald Trump has refused to accept their conclusions.