Vladimir Putin is the President of Russia. Putin has a KGB background, and in 1996 he joined Boris Yeltsin’s administration. He has been chairman of the United Russia party, and Russian Prime Minister on non-consecutive occasions.
Russia may see a hike in health care, education and infrastructure spending by around $162 billion in the next six years, with cuts in its defense spending, according to a report on Vladimir Putin's plan for his term in office.
French President Emmanuel Macron says Russian President Vladimir Putin is a clever ‘strongman’ who exploits his opponents’ weaknesses, and who has a completely different view on democracy than his Western counterparts.
With levels of anti-Russian hysteria in the West reaching fever pitch, one would think the media tends to see Vladimir Putin under every bed these days. As it turns out, Russia’s president isn’t even on their radar any more.