Vladimir Putin

putinAn official biography released by the Kremlin gave just four lines of chronological information & included a gap of 21 years, from 1975 to 1996.

Former KGB spy Vladimir Putin (named prime minister in August 1999 & chosen by President Boris Yeltsin as his preferred successor) is not well know either in Russia or abroad.

Yet, prior to his appointment, Vladimir Putin was one of the most powerful men in the Kremlin — in a quiet, behind-the-scenes way.

He was simultaneously
head of the KGB’s main successor service, the Federal Security Service, & secretary of the presidential Security Council, the powerful advisory body that coordinates the activities of Russia’s armed forces, security agencies & police.
Putin rose from a relatively obscure position as a Soviet spy during the Cold War.
After graduating from law school in 1975, he began a 15-year career with the KGB’s foreign intelligence arm, stationed in Leningrad & East Germany. With the Soviet Union facing collapse, Putin retired from the KGB at the rank of colonel and quickly began a political career.

His rise during the 1990s was fast, so he has more limited political experience than might be expected of a prime minister. In one of his rare public comments, Putin acknowledged he is “not a politician.”
In the early 1990s, Putin began working in St. Petersburg’s local government, rising to the post of vice mayor by 1994. In 1996, Yeltsin’s inner circle brought him to Moscow and named him deputy chief Kremlin administrator.

Putin was named the Kremin’s official in charge of relations with the Russia’s diverse regions, in 1998, head of the Federal Security Service, in March secretary of the presidential Security Council.
Some speculate Yeltsin’s decision to tap the relatively unknown Putin reflects the Yeltsin’s preference for keeping his subordinates from becoming too powerful. Putin has a reputation for being extremely loyal to Yeltsin.
In the days after being named as acting prime minister, the 47-year-old former KGB man (who in a television interview called martial arts his favorite sports) indicated he was no softy.
He expressed a willingness to quickly quash Islamic rebels battling Russian forces in the Caucasus. He said he favors rebuilding Russia’s security services, which were greatly weakened with the breakup of the Soviet Union.
“I’m convinced that he will serve the nation well while working in this high post, and Russians will be able to appraise Putin’s human and businesslike qualities.”
Boris Yeltsin, in a televised statement.
Now Mr. Putin is a President of Russian federation.

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Vladimir Putin - NeoPopRealism Journal

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