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 Vladimir Putin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Putin surprised many Russian nationalists and even his own defense minister when, in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States, he agreed to the establishment of coalition military bases in Central Asia before and during the US-led attack on the Taliban government in Afghanistan.
Putin supported lifting of the sanctions in due course, arguing that the UN commission first be given a chance to complete its work on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Putin is married to Liudmila Putina, a former airline stewardess and teacher of German.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vladimir_Putin   (3312 words)

 Vladimir Putin -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Putin was born in (A city in the European part of Russia; 2nd largest Russian city; located at the head of the Gulf of Finland; former capital of Russia) Leningrad (now (A city in western Florida on Tampa Bay; a popular winter resort) Saint Petersburg).
Putin formally resigned from the state security services on August 20, 1991, during the abortive (A sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force) putsch against the Soviet leader (Soviet statesman whose foreign policy brought an end to the Cold War and whose domestic policy introduced major reforms (born in 1931)) Mikhail Gorbachev.
Putin supported lifting of the sanctions in due course, arguing that the (An organization of independent states formed in 1945 to promote international peace and security) UN commission first be given a chance to complete its work on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/v/vl/vladimir_putin.htm   (2683 words)

 Vladimir Putin - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин) (born October 7, 1952) has been the President of Russia since the year 2000.
On 24 February 2004, less than a month prior to the elections, Putin dismissed prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov and the entire Russian cabinet and appointed Viktor Khristenko acting prime minister.
On March 14, 2004, the Presidential elections were held and Putin won the re-election to the Presidency for his second and final term with 71% of the votes.
open-encyclopedia.com /Vladimir_Putin   (1232 words)

 Putin's Career Rooted in Russia's KGB (washingtonpost.com)
When Putin returned to St. Petersburg, he took a job for a year and a half as assistant to the rector of the university, dealing with "international relations." However, that was partly a cover story.
Putin acknowledged recently that he was "a KGB officer under the roof, as we say," noting that the rector knew about it.
Putin also said then that he wanted to write a dissertation "on a subject I always knew and understood, I mean international private law." Musin said Putin came to him to make preparations for the dissertation but then dropped it when he got reacquainted with one of his old law professors, Anatoly Sobchak.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/inatl/longterm/russiagov/putin.htm   (3176 words)

 AllRefer.com - Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian, Soviet, And CIS History, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Regarded as intelligent, tough, and hard-working, Putin was chosen by Yeltsin to succeed Sergei Stepashin as prime minister in Aug., 1999.
Putin quickly became popular with many Russians for his September invasion of Chechnya in response to terrorism and the invasion of Dagestan by Chechen militants.
Putin moved quickly to reassert the central government's authority over the various republics, regions, and other administrative units and has sought to exert control over elements of the independent media.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/P/PutinVV.html   (607 words)

 Putin Lashes Out At U.S. and E.U. (washingtonpost.com)
Putin compared the Ukrainian case to charges of voter fraud in Afghanistan in the presidential election in October, when Hamid Karzai, the U.S.-backed candidate, was elected in that country's first free presidential ballot.
Putin focused on Sunday's vote in Ukraine, a rematch between opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, a pro-Western candidate, and the pro-Russian candidate, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
Putin noted that Kwasniewski is a former Communist, saying he remembered him as a member of the Young Communist League, the Komsomol.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A21917-2004Dec23.html   (698 words)

 CNN.com - Putin blasts U.S. on terror stance - Sep 7, 2004
Putin blamed what he called a "Cold War mentality" on the part of some U.S. officials, but likened their demands that Russia negotiate with the Chechen separatists to the U.S. talking to al Qaeda.
Putin said the Chechen separatists are trying to ignite ethnic tensions in the former Soviet Union and it could have severe repercussions.
Putin said the terrorists' goal was to ignite conflict between two local ethnic groups, the Ingush and the Ossetians.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/europe/09/07/putin.us   (610 words)

 President   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad on October 7, 1952.
In 1975, Putin graduated from the law department of the Leningrad State University.
After his return to Leningrad, Putin became an aide to the vice-president of the Leningrad State University in charge of international issues.
www.russianembassy.org /RUSSIA/President.HTM   (220 words)

 Talk: Vladimir Putin - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
I think the part "Putin is a rather atypical Russian leader: He is comparatively young, never touches alcohol, and is a sports enthusiast" is pretty ignorant and discriminating.
Putin's handling of the school hostage situation just tells me what kind of president he is. Putin is reverting Russia back to the USSR.
I think Putin flipped some trigger in everyones head, people now feel very much like USSR - no one ever says anything about Putin, if you mention him, everyone says something very loyal about him.
talk.open-encyclopedia.com /Vladimir_Putin   (991 words)

 CBC News:Putin peppered by questions on TV, Web   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Putin answered questions live on both state-run television networks for 2½ hours, part of a campaign to improve his standing with voters.
Putin said the economy was much better, that Russia has more oil resources than the United States, and that the government should consider imposing mandatory treatment for drug addicts.
Putin reiterated his government's refusal to negotiate with terrorists, but he conceded that more intelligence must be gathered to try to stop future attacks.
www.cbc.ca /stories/2002/12/19/putin_021219   (340 words)

 Putin's Next Power Play - Jailing billionaires is just the beginning; he wants to be Russia's president-for-life. By ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Putin's latest show of strength started back in July, when the top associate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the CEO and principal shareholder of Yukos Oil Co., now the fourth-largest oil producer in the world, was thrown in jail on charges of fraud relating to a 1994 privatization.
Putin rose to power and popularity in part through starting Russia's second war in five years in the breakaway territory of Chechnya, and during his reign, freedom of expression in Russia has dropped to a stage whisper.
Meanwhile, Putin's attempts to reassure investors in Russia that a broader nationalization of assets controlled by the oligarchs is not in the cards have a ring of desperation to them, since his government has lost much of its economic policy credibility at this point.
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 United Press International - International - Putin remarks stun Russian media   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Putin had had a hard day arguing with his European Union counterparts at the Russia-EU summit in Brussels over details of visa-free transit between Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad and the rest of the country, and the president had endured unpleasant remarks regarding the continuing war in the separatist republic of Chechnya.
Putin had silently sat listening to Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen explain why Denmark had allowed a Chechen separatist congress to take place in Copenhagen, but was clearly seething as his Danish colleague brushed off the question of state support for the gathering.
Putin was then asked by a reporter from Le Monde about the use of heavy artillery and mines in Chechnya, and began replying, defending his policy on Chechnya, before suddenly becoming agitated and launching into a verbal assault on the reporter.
www.upi.com /view.cfm?StoryID=20021112-042851-5719r   (898 words)

 Top Story - President Putin Wins Admiration From Women - The St. Petersburg Times. General news from St.Petersburg and ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Petersburg accountant Yelena Volkova, 33, keeps President Vladimir Putin's portrait on her desk at work, has a key-ring that has a picture of Putin in navy uniform, and says that she is proud of the president.
Putin's eyes are clever and serious," she said, adding that she would not call Putin a sex symbol.
Putin's youth, vigor and predictability contrast strongly with the ailing, ageing and capricious nature of Yeltsin.
archive.sptimes.ru /archive/times/965/top/t_12384.htm   (1093 words)

 NPR News: Vladimir Putin: Putin in America
Such an agreement eluded the leaders during their three-day U.S. summit, Putin said, because "the U.S. administration has its own approach to how this problem could be solved," including a desire to scrap the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
A caller asked Putin whether Russia's experience with Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in Chechnya held any lessons for the United States in its war on terrorists sponsored by Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.
Before his visit, Putin had indicated some flexibility on missile defense, hinting the treaty could be amended to allow testing.
www.npr.org /news/specials/putin/putinamerica.html   (994 words)

 The Perils of Putin
Putin kept extending his political control, and he promoted a small group of fellow KGB officers from St. Petersburg far beyond their competence.
Putin's winning streak ended with the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the principal owner of Yukos, on October 25, 2003.
Suddenly, Putin was governing on behalf of himself and a narrow circle of KGB officers.
www.weeklystandard.com /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/116hwusb.asp   (550 words)

 CBS News | Putin Defends His 'Democracy' | July 31, 2005 19:33:28
Putin, however, insists he is not rolling back democracy, although he has eliminated some public elections.
Putin is now cracking down on many of the oligarchs, forcing them to return some of their ill-gotten gains.
Putin believes the Iraq War has spawned more terrorists, and that the war was perhaps Mr.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2005/07/25/60minutes/main711478_page2.shtml   (857 words)

 Commentary: Putin's Biggest Blunder
Putin clearly imagined he was promoting the obvious winner when he interfered so heavily in Ukraine's presidential election in favor of Viktor Yanukovych, the candidate backed by outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.
Putin would have been wise to hedge his bets in Ukraine, not least because Yushchenko was always the favorite to win a fair election.
Putin's interference further alienates opinion in the West, which is increasingly inclined to see the Russian President as a throwback to an earlier, scarier era.
www.businessweek.com /magazine/content/04_50/b3912076_mz054.htm   (1410 words)

 Top Story - Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph - The St. Petersburg Times. General news from St.Petersburg ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Putin, however, was quick to point out that his views on the U.S.-led war on Iraq continues to differ from those of Bush and that he will "respect any choice of the American people" for president.
Speaking on the sidelines of a G8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia, Putin accused the Democrats of hypocrisy for criticizing Bush administration's actions in Iraq by pointing out that it had been Bill Clinton's administration that authorized the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia by U.S. and NATO forces.
Safranchuk said Putin might realize how little sway he has over U.S. voters but is still expressing his support for Bush because he would rather deal with a White House that continues to keep concerns about the Kremlin's record on democracy and Chechnya on the backburner of the official U.S.-Russian agenda.
archive.sptimes.ru /archive/times/1013/top/t_13963.htm   (816 words)

 TIME Europe Magazine: Putin on the Spot -- Jan. 31, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Putin's wobbly response to the pensioner crisis "shows he's not capable of comprehending the acuity of the situation," Delyagin says.
Despite Putin's attempts to distance himself from the harsh impact of the reforms, the President was, in fact, strongly behind the law, according to pro-Kremlin analyst Markov, who says he forced it on a reluctant United Russia, the Kremlin-controlled ruling bloc in the Duma.
Putin could still distance himself from the reforms and from his increasingly unpopular government — fire a few ministers and reshuffle his Cabinet — and present himself as righting the injustices wrought by his underlings.
www.time.com /time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901050131-1019776,00.html   (1180 words)

 Russian author clarifies Putin's KGB background - 04/12/2000
Although Putin has said he is no longer associated with the KGB, his staff consists mostly of former KGB officials.
Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are on a first-name basis, and both Blair and President Bill Clinton have said they can work with Putin.
Mark Stipakov is Putin's former classmate, who said Putin is "a man of action, not a man of word." Stipakov, who now resides in Minnesota, said he remembers Putin as being loyal, honest and purposeful.
www.mndaily.com /daily/2000/04/12/news/new1   (754 words)

 Vladimir Putin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Putin, a pro-market democratic reformer, was elected president of Russia in 2000 after enjoying a meteoric rise within the ranks of the Kremlin.
Putin was recruited from a position in Leningrad's city government to the Kremlin in 1996 as an aide to property manager Pavel Borodin.
Vladimir Putin, - Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, called for a broad overhaul of the government in September,...
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0781880.html   (351 words)

 BBC - BBC Four Profile - Vladimir Putin
Putin's duties for the agency, including economic espionage in Germany, brought him swift promotions and a reputation for integrity.
Chosen, to great surprise, by Boris Yeltsin as his successor, Putin used his KGB training, plus his own discipline and common sense, in a series of jobs that included running the security service.
Some have accused Putin of "colourless bureaucracy", but former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spotted the "two distinct strands" of the Russian president.
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/documentaries/profile/putin.shtml   (404 words)

 t r u t h o u t - Putin Blasts U.S. on Terror, Iraq Elections
Putin, who has been critical of the United States for going to war without international approval, warned that the fighting in Iraq was threatening the possibility of a democratic vote slated for Jan. 30.
Putin saw an opportunity to forge an alliance with President Bush that would enable him to paint Russia's war against Muslim separatists in Chechnya as part of a common fight against terrorism.
Putin has made strides toward cooperation with China, concluding an economic and security pact in 2001 and signing a border agreement in November.
www.truthout.org /docs_04/120504B.shtml   (3895 words)

 Online NewsHour: Power Shift -- January 3, 2000
What we know for the moment is what we know for the moment; that Putin is a career KGB officer and that at the moment he waging, he is the architect of a war in Chechnya which all the international human rights organizations say commits war crimes every day.
But now if Putin wants to establish himself as a genuine national figure, he has to develop his own identity and it is a very smart move on his part to get rid of Tatanya Duchenka.
Putin is pursuing it because the polls are for that war.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/europe/jan-june00/russia_01-03.html   (2315 words)

 Vladimir Putin - MN-FILES - MOSNEWS.COM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
On March 14, 2004, Putin was re-elected with 71.31 percent of the vote.
The handling of the drowning of the Kursk nuclear submarine and the NordOst theater siege, the persecution of so-called oligarchs, the unaverted suicide bombings of 2003 and 2004 (Moscow Subway Explosion), have all been decried in Russia and abroad.
According to the preliminary results of a referendum on merging Russia’s far-eastern Kamchatka region and the Koryak Autonomous Area, the overwhelming majority of voters were in favor of the merger.
www.mosnews.com /mn-files/putin.shtml   (711 words)

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