According to the Time magazine, Vladimir Putin was, in 2007, the person of the year. Ten years later, he still can be described with those words. He is the president of the third global power and every single of his acts affect the lives of millions of people. Vladimir Putin is surprising, strong and, for many, looks like a superman ! But what do we really know about him ? YoungDiplomats worked a lot on this quiz in order you to understand this leader. Go ahead and good luck with this quiz !
How old is Vladimir Putin?
Putin is 65 years old and was born in 1952.
What kind of child was he ?
According to one of his teacher and child friend, he was a fighter and troublemaker child. Putin said that he was made by his childhood. He was raised in Leningrad and usually had to fight. Nonetheless, from the sixth grade, he started working and easily obtained good grades.
In which sport is he an expert ?
He is a high level judoka and own eight dans ! This fact is interesting because Judo is teaching adaptation, patience and high skills in weaknesses analyzes. He started Judo at 11 years old and these skills have doubtlessly shaped his mind and his way to lead his country.
Did he really fight or ride a bear ?
In an interview with NBC, journalist Megyn Kelly asked President Putin what he thought about the topless pictures of him while he’s on vacation. “I’m relaxing. There are many photos of me at work, but no one cares about them. I’ve seen the pictures of me riding a bear, but I never did it. But such images do exist,” Putin replied.
Is he religious ?
Vladimir Putin is religious and believes in orthodox christianity. A car accident and life-threatening house fire in the 1990s triggered its religious awakening. Now he is a devout member of the orthodox church. However, Putin doesn’t make a show of its religious affiliation.
What did he do before becoming president ?
Putin has spent a lot of time in the KGB. There, he started his career in Germany for five years, being undercover. When Germany reunified, he got closer to his former Law professor Anatoly Sobchak and had an important role in Leningrad. With time, he could get an access to the presidential administration and was well seen by the president Boris Yeltsin, who named him prime minister.
What did he do in Germany during his work for the KGB ?
In several interviews, we could find information on what he did in Dresde from 1985 and 1989. He had a routine work which consisted in collecting information on NATO, the enemy of the USSR. He also said that he used to drink a lot of beer while he was in Germany ! In spite of having a routine work, he was undercover. This position taught him adaptation and gave him high skills in German ! When Germany reunified and when the place he worked in faced protesters, he decided to burn every documents he’d collected in order to prevent them falling into enemy’s hands.
When did he start taking the lead of Russia ?
He became president in 2000 following the resignation of Boris Yeltsin. From 2000 to 2008, he was president. However in 2008, he couldn’t start a third mandate according to the Russian constitution. Consequently he used Medvedev in order veil his position. Then he started a third mandate in 2012 and has been reelected in 2018.
What do most of Russians think about him ?
Most of Russians see Putin as the best to lead Russia and for few Russians, he is a living god. Russians have lived a hard moment when the USSR collapsed and they didn’t forget that crisis. Putin has given Russia a new image. Now Russia is stronger and its economy is much more efficient than it used to be during the 1900s. The last 2018 elections have confirmed this trend and this opinion.