Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad.
In 1960-1968, Vladimir Putin attended Primary School No. 193 in Leningrad. After the eighth grade, he entered High School No. 281, a chemistry-focused magnet school under the aegis of a technology institute, completing his studies there in 1970.
In 1970, Vladimir Putin became a student of law department at Leningrad State University, earning his degree in 1975.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr Putin studied at KGB School No. 1 in Moscow. In 1985-1990, Vladimir Putin worked in East Germany.
In 1989, he was awarded the bronze medal issued in the German Democratic Republic, For Faithful Service to the National Peoples Army.
In 1990, Vladimir Putin became assistant to the rector of Leningrad State University in charge of international relations. Starting in June 1991, Putin began work as Chairman of the Committee for International Relations at the St Petersburg City Hall, and from 1994, concurrently held the position of Deputy Chairman of the St Petersburg City Government.
In March 1997, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office and Chief of Main Control Directorate.
In May 1998, Putin was made First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, and in July 1998, he was appointed Director of the Federal Security Service.
From March 1999, he also held the position of Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
In August 1999, Putin was appointed Prime Minister of the Russian Government.
On December 31, 1999, Vladimir Putin became Acting President of the Russian Federation.
Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia on March 26, 2000, and was re-elected to a second term on March 14, 2004.
On May 8, 2008, he was appointed Prime Minister by presidential executive order. Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia on March 4, 2012.
On December 6, 2017, during a visit to GAZ Group Automobile Plant in Nizhny Novgorod the President announced his intention to stand in the upcoming presidential election.
On December 28, the Central Election Commission registered Vladimir Putin as a presidential candidate.