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Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin is the ex-KGB man turned politician who rose to become one of the most powerful men in the world and one of the youngest Russian heads of state to grace The Kremlin. In his cold war spying days he worked as a translator in Dresden (then East Germany) who ensured there was no remaining evidence of his tenure in Dresden when he burnt the KGB files in his office during the 9th November 1989 fall of the Berlin wall. After the descent of the iron curtain across Europe he returned to Leningrad where he regrouped with his former KGB colleagues and set a course of action which would bring them into the political sphere. Putin was a fast learner and he rose to deputy chief of Boris Yeltsin's presidential staff in 1997. In 1998 Yeltsin appointed Putin as director of the FSB (Federal Security Service) which had filled the security and intelligence vacuum left by the disbanded KGB. By this time many ex-KGB staff were rising to positions of political prominence and Putin would ensure this was a policy that would continue. Within one year he was to become the 33rd prime minister of Russia and on 7th May 2000 he assumed the most powerful role in the Russian Federation as its 2nd president. He spent two terms as president before he stepped down in 2008 when Dmitry Medvedev became president, however Putin was back in the presidential saddle by 2012 with his popularity with the Russian people still intact. As his hold on power strengthened so did his standing on the international stage with Russia taking more active roles in various crisis especially in the Middle East. As with all true statesmen when he talks it takes on a more global meaning and he is good for a one liner also. So here is my compilation of 15 of the best Vladimir Putin quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
  • Born: 7th October 1952, Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • Alma mater: Saint Petersburg State University
  • Occupation: Secret service agent, politician, prime minister and president
  • Prime ministership: He was prime minister on two occasions; 16th August 1999 to 7th May 2000 and 8th May 2008 to 7th May 2012
  • Presidency: He has been president on two occasions; 7th May 2000 – 7th May 2008 and 7th May 2012 to present day
  • Military service: 1975 to 1991 where he rose to the rank of Colonel of the KGB
  • Sport: Putin in trained in marshal arts and has achieved an 8th Dan grade in Judo
  • Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
  • Trivia: He is a known polyglot from his work as a translator in Dresden while serving for the KGB. He frequently translates what Kremlin visitors say to his colleagues
  • Quotes about Vladimir Putin: President George W. Bush said of him; "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country"
  • President Donald Trump spoke highly of him by saying; "So I have NATO, I have the U.K. - which is somewhat in turmoil. And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think? Who would think?"

"It's better to be hanged for loyalty than be rewarded for betrayal"

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"Absolute trust is something hard to achieve even in a family, and it is much harder to achieve on an international level"

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"Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain"

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"It's like shearing a pig - lots of screams but little wool"

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"There is no such thing as a former KGB man"

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"You can do a lot more with weapons and politeness than just politeness"

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"NATO needs an external enemy to justify its existence, so there is a constant search for one, and provocations to create adversaries where there are none"

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"50 years ago, the streets of Leningrad taught me one thing: if a fight is inevitable, go and fight first"

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"Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, as the saying goes. It knows who to eat and is not about to listen to anyone"

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"We are guided by interests rather than feelings in dealing with our partners"

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"Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right"

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"Russia doesn't negotiate with terrorists. It destroys them"

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"Everything will probably never be okay. But we have to try for it"

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"The more I know about people, the more I like dogs. I simply like animals"

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"I am not a woman, so I don't have bad days"

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