A man who has always been in the news, Vladimir Putin is one of the most famous Russian politicians of all time. But, do you know anything about his family?
Let’s explore some interesting facts about him.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in 1952 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in 1952 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). His father Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin was a factory foreman and his mother Maria Ivanovna Putina was a housewife.
Putin himself worked on the factory assembly line from the age of 16 until he entered university.
He has two older brothers.
Vladimir Putin has two older brothers: Viktor, who died in a car accident in 1987, and Albert, who died in 1996.
Vladimir’s father had an affair with a local woman named Maria Ivanovna Shelomova; she gave birth to Vladimir’s half-brother Sergei Yurievich Shelomov on 2 April 1958. Although he was not officially adopted by the Putins (a status which would have required formal recognition by the Soviet authorities), he took their last name and became known as “Sergei Vladimirovich Putin”. Sergei remained close with his mother until her death at age 65 in 1999.
In 1972, when his brother was six years old, their father Vladimir Spiridonovich contracted cancer of the duodenum and died when Vladimir was eight years old. After their father’s death, both boys were raised by their single mother Nina Petrovna Putina until she married again – this time a taxi driver named Nikolay Yuryevich Stolyarchuk (nicknamed “Niko”).
Vladimir’s mother Maria Shelomova died when he was 21 years old.
After the death of his father, Vladimir and his family moved from Leningrad to St. Petersburg. This move, as well as being without a father figure for much of his life, influenced Putin’s future choices in terms of joining the KGB and later becoming president (he could be seen as a father figure to Russia).
Vladimir’s mother died when he was 21 years old; she had been suffering from cancer for six months at that point. She was 46 at the time of her death and was survived by six children: three sons (Vladimir, Alexander, and Yuri) and three daughters (Yekaterina, Galina, and Olga).
Maria Shelomova was an elementary school teacher who devoted herself to raising her children after their father died when Vladimir was 6 years old. Her job required long hours away from home; this left Vladimir in charge of taking care of his siblings while she worked day after day until her health began failing rapidly.
Putin graduated from the Law Department of Leningrad State University in 1975, then joined KGB and continued his service until 1990.
In 1975, Putin graduated from the Law Department of Leningrad State University. He then joined KGB as a sleeper agent and continued his service in the KGB until 1990.
He was a double agent, who also acted as a triple agent and further worked for another government agency as well. While working for this agency, he was assigned to infiltrate another country’s secret services and collect information about its plans of attack against the Soviet Union or Russia.
In addition to being an officer with the army during that time, Vladimir Putin also earned some extra money by doing undercover work on behalf of other countries like America, England, and Germany by spying on their military forces while they were training in Russia’s territory during World War II era (1941-1945).
He started his career in St. Petersburg’s affairs under Anatoly Sobchak, the former mayor of the city.
You might be surprised to know that Putin was first married to Lyudmila Shkrebneva, whom he met on a blind date and married in 1983. They have two daughters Maria (1984) and Yekaterina (1986). The couple announced their divorce on 6th June 2013.
In the 1990s Putin joined the KGB which was the biggest security agency of the Soviet Union and later Russia. He studied at MGIMO University where he learned English, French and German languages apart from the Russian language.
In 1996 he became First Deputy Chief of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation which is also known as Glavnoye Upravlenie Mezhdunarodnykh Otnosheniy or GUMO for short from 1991 till 1996 under president Boris Yeltsin’s administration
In 1998 Vladimir Putin became head of the FSB which is also known as the Federal Security Service but was renamed into Federal Guard Service under president Boris Yeltsin’s administration
Vladimir Putin became the acting Russian President on December 31, 1999
Putin became the acting Russian President on December 31, 1999, when Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation. He was later elected as the second President of Russia on March 26, 2000, with 53% of the votes cast by the voters.
In 2012, Putin won his third term in office with 63% of the votes cast by Russians who voted in a presidential election that year. In 2018, he won his fourth term with 77% of the votes; however, there were claims and allegations made by some organizations and opposition parties that the result was manipulated due to allegations of voter fraud and manipulation even though no evidence was found or proven so far against these allegations
- Vladimir Putin was born in 1952 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).
- Vladimir has two older brothers: Viktor and Albert.
- His mother Maria Shelomova was a factory worker and his father Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin worked as a conscript in the Soviet Army, he served at several military bases before returning to Leningrad where he started working as a foreman at a factory.
We hope you enjoyed this little journey through Vladimir Putin’s life. As we’ve seen, he is a man of many talents and accomplishments—from his early days as a KGB agent to his current role as President of Russia. It’s no surprise that he became one of the most powerful people in the world.
Vladimir Putin was born in 1952 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).
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