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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, the annexed territory that once belonged to Ukraine. His visit comes shortly after he accused the government in Kyiv of a military incursion into the territory.
Russia's premier has suggested that President Vladimir Putin may elect to formally sever diplomatic ties with Kyiv. Moscow has sent its latest missile defense system to Crimea amid reports of a mutual military buildup.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are meeting in Saint Petersburg to continue to rebuild their once friendly relations, which have been severely strained since Ankara shot down a Russian warplane last year.