Vladimir Putin in 10 dates

– October 7, 1952: Putin is born into a poor working-class family in , now called .
– 1998: He is named head of the FSB security service, the successor to the , having joined the service in 1975.

– 1999: As Boris Yeltsin‘s prime minister, he oversees the launch of a second war to crush rebels in Chechnya. When Yeltsin resigns on New Year‘s Eve, Putin takes over as president, being officially elected in March 2000.

– 2004: He is re-elected president.

– 2008: In line with a constitutional limit, at the end of his second term Putin hands power to his protege and becomes prime minister.

– 2012: He returns as president, for a term which has been extended from four to six years, amid unprecedented opposition protests.

– 2013: After three decades of marriage, he divorces Lyudmila with whom he has two daughters.

– 2014: He annexes the Ukrainian peninsula of , sparking the worst diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

– 2015: Gives military backing to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

– 2017: In December, he announces he will seek a new six-year term as president in March 2018.

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