Born in Leningrad (now St Peterburg) on October 7, 1952.
In 1975, Putin graduated from the law department of the Leningrad State University.
After graduation he worked in the Foreign Intelligence Service. In 1985-1990 worked in Germany.
After his return to Leningrad, Putin became an aide to the vice president of Leningrad State University in charge of international issues.
In 1990, he was adviser to the chairman of the Leningrad City Council and in 1991-1994 chairman of the committee for foreign relations of the St. Petersburg Mayor's Office.
In 1994-1996, he was First Deputy Chairman of the city government and Chairman of the Committee for External Relations.
In 1996-1997, he was First Deputy Presidential Business Manager.
In 1997-1998, Putin worked as head of the president's Main Audit Directorate and Presidential Deputy Chief of Staff.
From July 1998 to March 1999 he was Director of the Federal Security Service. Between March 1999 and August 1999, Putin combined his job as Federal Security Service Director with the work as Security Council Secretary.
On August 9, 1999, he was appointed First Vice Prime Minister and later on the same day became Acting Prime Minister.
On March 26, 2000, he was elected the President of the Russian Federation.
On March 14, 2004, he was elected the President of the Russian Federation for the second time.
On May 8, 2008, he was appointed Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
March 5, 2012: Elected President of the Russian Federation. Speaks German and English.
Married to Ludmila Putina. The Putins have two daughters, Mariya (born in 1985) and Katerina (born in 1986).
Vladimir Putin inaugurated as President of Russia on May 7, 2012. The inauguration ceremony took place in the Grand Kremlin Palace.
* The ceremony opened with the Russian State Flag, Presidential Standard, Russian Constitution, and the Symbol of Presidential Office being brought into the Grand Kremlin Palace’s St Andrew Hall.
The President-elect swore an oath of loyalty to the Russian people and was officially declared head of state by President of the Constitutional Court Valery Zorkin.
Approximately 3,000 people were invited to attend the ceremony, including members of the Russian Federation Government, State Duma deputies and members of the Federation Council, Constitutional Court judges, and representatives of other federal bodies of state power.
Members of Vladimir Putin’s presidential election campaign team and campaign headquarters, other candidates in the 2012 presidential election, heads of diplomatic missions, members of the clergy, academic and cultural figures, art workers and public figures also attended the event.
The Presidential Regiment then marked Mr Putin’s inauguration with a parade on the Kremlin’s Cathedral Square.