A Russian Biography ~ Vladimir V Putin

Vladimir Putin.  May 2000 ~ May 2008.  President of Russia.  May 2008 ~ Present Day.  Prime Minister of Russia.

Vladimir was born Oct 7, 1952 in Leningrad, to Maria Ivanovna Shelomova, a factory worker and Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, who was a conscript in the Soviet Navy.  His parents died within one year of each other in 1998 and 1999.  Vladimir was their youngest son and only surviving child.  His paternal grandfather, Spiridon Ivanovich Putin worked as a cook for Lenin at Gorki and after Lenin died, for Lenin's wife.  He also cooked for Stalin when he visited one of his dachas.

From his humble beginnings,
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