Vladimir Putin

(Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin)

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
  • Born: October 7, 1952
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Statesman

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer serving as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. In between his presidential terms he was also the Prime Minister of Russia under his close associate Dmitry Medvedev.

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Jack Devine When I look at Ukraine, Putin, an ex KGB officer is using the playbook of the Cold War. He isn't going to try and grab the western part; he's going to maximize his influence, the way we would have done in Chile. That is buying political power, getting agents, influencing the propaganda piece, and increasing intimidation for the east. It's a classic playbook.
Lilia Shevtsova Most Russian programs and policies had had just the opposite effect of what was intended. The reason is hyper-centralization of power.
Garry Kasparov My message is that Democracy is not an alien invention. It is a way of solving problems in our society.
Garry Kasparov The election in Russia was free but not very fair.
Mark Russell President George W. Bush looked into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s eyes and said “I saw his soul.” Putin looked into Bush’s eyes---and saw NOTHING.
Garry Kasparov We have more billionaires than any country but the United States. And Putin can imprison any one of them at a moment’s notice. Do you think he is poor?
Anna Politkovskaya We are not allowed to refer to certain things that he does not like.
Eliot Engel Putin has demonstrated his fondness for the Cold War…. Once a KBG agent, always a KGB agent.
Mikhail Gorbachev We have institutions, but they don’t work. We have laws, but they must be enforced.
Tamara Morshakova Both Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev have law degrees but they do not know what the rule of law means.
Ursula Von Der Leyen [Vladimir] Putin trampled on international rules and sovereignty of the Ukraine.
Kimberly Marten Russian elites believe that he [President Vladimir Putin] serves the same function as the Czars of old, keeping diverse political clans and their leaders (the boyars) in balance, preventing the civil war or chaos that a country of Russia’s vast size and relative emptiness would face if it were left open to competition by those who retain loyal militias.
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A major geopolitical disaster Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A series of barbarous terrorist acts directed against innocent people fills us with resentment and indignation. Please convey our sincere sympathy to the victims’ relatives … and to the entire American people. We understand your grief and your pain only too well. The Russians have experienced fear of terrorism themselves. There is no doubt that such inhuman action should not go unpunished. The entire international community should rally together in the struggle against terrorism.. Terrorism
Crimea's history had made the region an inseparable part of Russia. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
For more than 1000 years our spiritual traditions and common values have been nurtured and begotten here. Today, as we restore the value of patriotism , historical memory and cultural tradition, we are seeking firmer bonds with Mount Athos. Religion & God
I am certain they will achieve nothing. The people of Russia will not allow it. Terrorism
If you are a Christian, you are in danger. Even if you are an atheist, you are in danger, and if you decide to convert to Islam, this will not save you, either, because traditional Islam is inimical to the conditions and objectives set by them [the terrorists]. If you are prepared to become a most radical Islamist and are prepared to circumcise yourself, I invite you to come to Moscow. I will recommend having the operation done in such a way that nothing will grow for you there anymore. Discrimination & Prejudice
In America you elect the electoral college and they select the President. In Russia, the people select the President directly. This is more democratic. Democracies & Republics
In the 21st Century there is no place for Xenephobia, Anti-Semitism of any other form of discrimination. Discrimination & Prejudice
It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.” Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It looks like the so-called "winners" of the Cold War are determined to have it all, and reshape the world into a place that could better serve their interests alone. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Many thought or seemed to think at the time that our young democracy was not a continuation of Russian statehood, but its ultimate collpase.. They were mistaken. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Political competition is the heartbeat of democracy. Democracies & Republics
Questions about who we are and who we want t be are increasingly prominent in our society. We have left behind Soviet ideology and there will be no return. States. Nations & Nationhood
Russia doesn't negotiate with terrorists. It destroys them…. These are cruel people, beasts in human disguise. Negotiating & Negotiations
Russia has been too weak, and the weak get beaten. Defense & National Security
The Cold War is over. The world has become much more complicated. War & Peace
The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. States. Nations & Nationhood
The period of radical reform is finished. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The problem comes from the lack of transparency and accountability of government. Secrecy & Transparency ;Management & Managing Government
The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades. United Nations
There is no need to fear Russia's actions, they are not aggressive... They are aimed at maintaining balance in the world order, and are extremely important for maintaining peace and security globally. War & Peace
Victories in sport do more to cement the nation than 100 political slogans.
We will not allow anyone to poke their snotty nose into our affairs Voters, Voting & Elections
We will pursue terrorists everywhere. At an airport – okay, at an airport. If we catch them in a lavatory, in an outhouse, we will take them out there with their pants down. Terrorism
We'll follow terrorists everywhere. Should we catch them in a shithouse, we'll kill them in a shithouse. Terrorism
What is decided must be implemented and implemented without any departmental interpretation Bureaucracy
Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace? You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child-killers? No one has a moral right to tell us to talk to child killers. Terrorism
Year by year, we, the citizens of Russia, are getting fewer and fewer…. We face the threat of becoming a senile nation. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
You can say something from a public toilet and the whole world will know because the media will be there. Media, Journalism & The Press
A considerable share of the world's population still cannot afford comfortable housing, education and quality health care. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
A figure who receives money from abroad for his political work, and thus serves some foreign interest, cannot be a politician in Russia. Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Above all, such sports as judo, in my view, teach people to relate to each other. They teach us to respect a partner, teach us to understand that an externally weak partner can not only put up worthy resistance, but, if you relax and take too much for granted, may even win. Sports & Athletics ;Respect
All attempts to appease the Nazis between 1934 and 1939 through various agreements and pacts were morally unacceptable and politically senseless, harmful and dangerous.
Any people has a right to self-determination, and now in Europe the process of diluting national sovereignty in the framework of a united Europe is more accepted.
Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains.
As far as oligarchs who acquire sports team abroad, and invest money abroad, I wouldn't treat this phenomenon as something bad. Sports & Athletics ;Money, Coins & Minting
At a certain point, we saw the police cracking down on the Occupy Wall Street activists. I won't call the actions of police appropriate or inappropriate.
At last, Russia has returned to the world arena as a strong state - a country that others heed and that can stand up for itself.
At least in Russia, you cannot just go and tap into someone's phone conversation without a warrant issued by court. That's more or less the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism. Society
Back in the mid-18th century, in 1745-1747, Ossetia was the first to become part of the Russian Empire. At that time, it was a united entity; North and South Ossetia were one state. Time
Between major countries, there certainly always are some common ground and points of tension.
Chechnya is part and parcel of the Russian Federation.
China has created very good investment tools, including an entire network of very large funds. The Russian Private Investment Fund works with some of those funds, with China's largest investment funds.
China is a great country with a great culture, populated by fascinating, industrious and talented people.
Construction of the first gas pipeline system was started during the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, and for all those years, from the 1960s until this day, Russia has been fulfilling its contract obligations in a very consistent and reliable way, regardless of the political situation. War & Peace
Cromwell is just as much of a bloody dictator as was Stalin.
Demographers affirm that choosing to have a second child is already a potential choice in favour of a third.
Despite all the achievements of civilisation, the human being is still one of the most vulnerable creatures on earth.
Economic activity is moving from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean... Russia has a certain natural advantage because it also borders the Pacific Ocean.
Europeans are really dying out!
Even during the years of the Cold War, the intense confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States, we always avoided any direct clash between our civilians and, most certainly, between our military. War & Peace
Everything will probably never be OK. But we have to try for it.
Few people understand the magnitude of the catastrophe that happened late in the 1980s when the Communist Party had failed to modernize the Soviet Union.
For Russia, there is not and there may not be another political option but democracy. However, Russian democracy is... not at all the realization of standards imposed on us from outside.
History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior. History ;Government
How can a bureaucrat or a politician be trusted if he says loud words for the sake of Russia's good while trying to take his funds, his money abroad? Money, Coins & Minting
How does one control weight? By not overeating. How does one stay in shape? One plays sports. There are no magic pills here. Sports & Athletics
I am convinced that the norm in Russia should become a family with three children. Families, Children & Parenting
I am never guided by a possible assessment of my work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I am not prejudiced in any way.
I am the wealthiest man, not just in Europe, but in the whole world. I collect emotions. I am wealthy in that the people of Russia have twice entrusted me with the leadership of a great nation such as Russia - I believe that is my greatest wealth. Leaders & Leadership
I believe that the presidential term should be limited.
I believe the U.S. already understands and will understand more and more that only a strong Russia will respond to the genuine interests of the United States.
I don't read books by people who have betrayed the Motherland.
I go to the gym, I swim daily and from time to time I meet with friends and do extra-curricular stuff. Time
I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected. Life
I have a very positive attitude to anyone who is protecting the environment, but it's inadmissible when people are using it as a means of promoting themselves, using it as a source of self-enrichment. I don't want to name any specific examples... but often, environmentalism is used to blackmail companies.
I have always loved and avidly read the novels of Jack London, Jules Verne and Ernest Hemingway. The characters depicted in their books, who are brave and resourceful people embarking on exciting adventures, definitely shaped my inner self and nourished my love for the outdoors. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have never stated Russia is an energy superpower, but we have more reserves than almost anybody else. We have always behaved, and we will continue to behave, in a responsible way. We intend to participate in the elaboration of common rules in the energy sector and to abide by rules which are developed together.
I love soccer. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love the Russian classics very much, the Russian classical literature. But I also read modern literature. As far as Russian literature is concerned, I am very fond of Tolstoy and Chekhov, and I also enjoy reading Gogol very much. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I myself know some people who are gay. We're on friendly terms. I'm not prejudiced in any way.
I read papers, try to watch news programs on television, but, as a rule, recorded. During the day I have no time for that, so I watch something taped. As for the newspapers, I try to get through them every day. Additionally, of course, I look through news bulletins. Time
I see that not everyone in the West has understood that the Soviet Union has disappeared from the political map of the world and that a new country has emerged with new humanist and ideological principles at the foundation of its existence.
I spend a little time every day to play sports. Time ;Sports & Athletics
I swim almost every day, a thousand meters.
I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul. Religion & God
I think happiness is love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
I think it's fine when the mayor of the biggest city in Russia consults the president.
I think the American people should express their preferences, and we'll accept their choice.
I think the international community should unite to fight such inhuman phenomena as terror attacks and the murder of totally innocent people.
I think we should not control the Internet.
I was brought up in a very ordinary family, in fact, a worker's family. Both my father and mother were ordinary citizens. Families, Children & Parenting
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in Russia, unlike in one third of the world's countries, being gay is not a crime.
I would prefer to abandon the terminology of the past. 'Superpower' is something which we used during the cold war time. Why use it now? Time ;War & Peace
If one looks at the map of the world, it's difficult to find Iraq, and one would think it rather easy to subdue such a small country.
If the nation is not capable of preserving itself and reproducing, if it loses it vital bearings and ideals, then it doesn't need foreign enemies - it will fall apart on its own.
If there are people who act outside the law, then the state must use legal means to impose law in the interests of majority. That's the way it's done in the U.S., and that's the way it's done in Russia. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
If we speak calmly, in a businesslike fashion, let me draw your attention to the fact that Russia supplies arms to the legitimate government of Syria in full compliance with the norms of international law. We are not breaching any rules and norms. Government
If you aspire to be a leader of your own country, you must speak your own language, for God's sake. Religion & God
I'm eternally grateful to fate and the citizens of Russia that they've trusted me to be the head of the Russian government. Government
I'm sure corruption in Chechnya is minimal.
In 1995, Russia virtually gave Chechnya de facto statehood and independence even though, de jure, it didn't recognize Chechnya as an independent state. And I would like to emphasize strongly that Russia withdrew all of its troops, we moved the prosecutors, we moved all the police, dismantled all the courts, completely, 100 percent.
In accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the issues of foreign policy and defense are fully in the hands of the president.
In almost any country, probably in Russia in particular, it's fashionable to criticise people in power. If you come out in support of someone like me, you're going to be accused of trying to ingratiate yourself. Power
In line with international law, only the U.N. Security Council could sanction the use of force against a sovereign state. Any other pretext or method which might be used to justify the use of force against an independent sovereign state are inadmissible and can only be interpreted as an aggression.
In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered; national traditions, differences in nation and culture are being erased.
In some of the states in the U.S., homosexuality remains a felony.
In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.
In the modern world, those who are weak will get unambiguous advice from foreign visitors which way to go and what policy course to pursue.
Iraq is a small but very proud nation.
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.
It is necessary to suppress any extremist actions, on all sides, regardless of their origin.
It is wrong to make anyone into an enemy; it is wrong to scare the people of one's own country with that enemy and try to rally some allies on that basis.
It's a historical phenomenon that in 250 years, a nation could move from a colony into the most prosperous nation of the world and the leader of the world. It is indeed an achievement, a tribute to the talent of the American nation, the American people and an optimal political and economic system.
It's alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States.
It's Russia some people would like to get rid of. They are still afraid of our nuclear deterrent. We have our own foreign policy whether they like it or not.
Journalism, as concerns collecting information, differs little if at all from intelligence work. In my judgment, a journalist's job is very interesting. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Libya is divided into tribes and clans.
McCain fought in Vietnam - I think that he has enough civilian blood on his hands.
Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan, 'You're either with us or against us.'
My English is very bad.
My notion of the KGB came from romantic spy stories. I was a pure and utterly successful product of Soviet patriotic education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Romantic
My parents told me that children were taken from their families in 1941, and my mother had a child taken from her - with the goal of saving him.
My personal position is that society must keep children safe. Society
My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. Trust
NATO was built to counteract the Soviet Union in its day and time. At this point there is no threat coming from the Soviet Union, because there is no Soviet Union anymore. And where there was the Soviet Union once, there is now a number of countries, among them the new and democratic Russia. Time
No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used, not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists.
No one should be allowed to violently trample on the law.
No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.
No references to the need to fight terror can be an argument for restricting human rights.
Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.
Nobody should have any illusion about the possibility of gaining military superiority over Russia. We will never allow this to happen.
Nobody should pin their hopes on a miracle.
One can truly enjoy his or her life only while experiencing it, and it is inevitably related to a certain level of risk. Life
Our aims are absolutely clear: They are a high living standard in the country and a secure, free and comfortable life. Life
Our military might is the guarantor of Russia's security and independence.
Our society, including the liberals, must understand that there must be order. Society
Political activities in Russia should be as transparent as possible. Financing political activities from abroad is something the state should keep an eye on.
Politics should not interfere with sports. And sports should impact politics. Sports & Athletics ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
President Obama hasn't been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia.
Protest actions and propaganda are two slightly different things.
Radicals can be found in any environment.
Russia and China are very natural partners. We are neighbors with an immense common border.
Russia does not and cannot have any political choice but democracy. I want to say, and even stress, that we share those universal democratic principles taken around the whole world.
Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data that supports the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we have not received any such information from our partners as yet.
Russia does not want confrontation of any kind. And we will not take part in any kind of 'holy alliance.'
Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy.
Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism. Power
Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England - where liberal value have deep historic roots.
Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us from outside. Power
Some experts believe that somebody is deceiving WikiLeaks, that its reputation is being undermined in order for it to be used for political purposes.
Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right.
Spying has always gone on since ancient times.
Stalin is the most popular figure in all of Russia.
Stalinism is linked with a cult of personality and massive violations of the law, with repression and camps. There is nothing like that in Russia and, I hope, will never again be. Hope
Terrorism has no nationality or religion. Religion & God
Terrorism has once again shown it is prepared deliberately to stop at nothing in creating human victims. An end must be put to this. As never before, it is vital to unite forces of the entire world community against terror.
Terrorists are always a threat to someone. If we'll be scared of them, it means they have won.
The ability to compromise is not a diplomatic politeness toward a partner but rather taking into account and respecting your partner's legitimate interests.
The centuries-old history and culture of India, majestic architectural monuments and museums of Delhi, Agra and Mumbai have a unique attractive force. History
The Chechnya problem is a centuries-old problem. The thing is that today, fundamentalists and terrorists are exploiting those centuries-old problems to accomplish their own objectives that have nothing to do whatsoever with the interests of Chechnya.
The Declaration on Strategic Partnership between India and Russia signed in October 2000 became a truly historic step. The developments in the first decade of the 21 century confirmed that it was a particularly significant and timely step.
The democratic choice Russian people made in the early 90's is final.
The Eurasian union is a project meant to preserve the identities of nations and the historic Eurasian community in the new century, in a new world.
The growing economic potential of India and Russia is mutually complementary in many respects.
The leaders of the world's largest economies agreed during the November 2008 G20 summit not to create barriers hindering global trade and capital flows. Russia shares these principles.
The more intermediaries there are, the more problems there are.
The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history. Society ;History
The philosophy of FIFA is to expand world soccer space, to spread out the world football space.
The point of conservatism is not that it prevents movement forward and upward, but that it prevents movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state.
The Russian parliament has condemned the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
The Russian people and Russian culture are the linchpin, the glue that binds together this unique civilization.
The Russian people have their own cultural code, their own tradition.
The Russian people have unilaterally made their choice in direction of democracy in the early '90s. They will not be led astray. Nobody should be having any doubts.
The state security bodies should not be seen as an institution that works against society and the state; one needs to understand what makes them work against their own people. Society ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The strengthening of our statehood is, at times, deliberately interpreted as authoritarianism.
The task of the government is not only to pour honey into a cup, but sometimes to give bitter medicine. Government
The transfer of power is always a test of the constitutional system, a test of its strength. Power
The United Nations' founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America's consent, the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades. War & Peace
The United States and Russian security services regularly exchange information.
The United States has overstepped its borders in all spheres - economic, political and humanitarian - and has imposed itself on other states.
The unjustified swelling of the budgetary deficit and the accumulation of public debts are just as destructive as adventurous stock-jobbing.
The whole world recognizes Russia's cultural achievements. It is impossible to imagine the world culture without Russian culture, without our music and literature. Music, Chants & Rapps
The worst thing for a politician is to try and cling to power by every possible means, and focus only on that. Power
There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.
There are both things in international law: the principle of territorial integrity and right to self-determination.
Thieves must sit in prison.
Those who fight corruption should be clean themselves.
To pay more is the easy way. In fact, the solution possibilities to the problem are many.
U.S. society doesn't want to play the role of international policeman. Society
We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal. Religion & God
We don't need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole. Society ;Government
We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.
We need business to understand its social responsibility, that the main task and objective for a business is not to generate extra income and to become rich and transfer the money abroad, but to look and evaluate what a businessman has done for the country, for the people, on whose account he or she has become so rich. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today's complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not.
We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.
We should not just consume hydrocarbon fuel but use it to develop nuclear energy, hydro power and renewable energy sources. Power
We're no longer in the Cold War. Eavesdropping on friends is unacceptable. War & Peace
What is a Rechtsstaat? It is obedience to the existing law.
What is a uni-polar world? No matter how we beautify this term, it means one single centre of power, one single centre of force and one single master. Power
When the States already had nuclear weapons, and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels.
Where in the world have you seen construction people who do everything on time, with good quality and at minimal prices? Just give me one country like that. A country like that doesn't exist in the world, you know. There's not one such country anywhere in the world. Time
Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.
Why does the world dislike Russia? I do not think that we are unloved or considered to be ignorant.
Yes, life in Chechnya so far looks more like a life after a natural disaster. Life
You can swim any way you like in the Dead Sea, actually.
You must obey the law, always, not only when they grab you by your special place.
You need to put drones under control; you need to lay out certain rules of engagement in order to prevent or minimize collateral casualties. It is extremely important.