Vladimir Putin Essay

1033 Words Mar 18th, 2010 5 Pages
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA Vladimir Putin was born on October 1, 1952, in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia. He is an only child. His father, a decorated war veteran, was a foreman in a metal factory. Growing up in Leningrad, Putin lived with his parents in a communal apartment with two other families. Though religion was not permitted in the Soviet Union, his mother secretly had him baptized as an Orthodox Christian. He remains a practicing member of the Church to this day. After earning a law degree in 1975, Putin joined the KGB, the security force of the former Soviet Union. Putin served 15 years with the KGB, including six years in Dresden, East Germany. Putin married the former Lyudmila Shkrebneva in 1983. They have two daughters. …show more content…
Early in 2002, Putin traveled to Poland and became the first Russian president since 1993 to make this trip. Representatives of the two countries signed agreements involving business, trade, and transportation.
MY EVALUATION During his eight years in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen his country's dramatic transformation into an oil-rich power. But he has also brought back authoritarianism to Russia, where corruption is running rampant and many still live in poverty. Putin vowed to restore Russia as a great power, saying corrupt politicians and greedy businessmen were dragging the country down. "That's why we're insisting on a single dictatorship in Russia," Putin said. "A dictatorship of the law." That became Putin's mantra. He said he would fight the country's massive corruption by building a powerful central government. In Putin's first year as president, parliament became nothing more than a place for legislators to rubber-stamp his policies, while state-controlled companies began taking over independent media outlets. Police also investigated the country's powerful business oligarchs, some of whom fled abroad. But while Putin claimed to be strengthening Russia, he was also consolidating his own power by attacking his rivals. In 2003, police arrested Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's richest man. His Yukos oil company was sold to a

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