New Delhi: Russian president Vladimir Putin has been at the centre of Russian politics for over a decade.
One of the founders of his party United Russia, the former KGB commando has been ruling Russia since the downfall of Boris Yeltsin.
Putin served as PM from 1999 to 2000, and from 2000 till 2008 as President for two terms. He again became PM from 2008 to 2012, and from May, 2012, he again took over the reins of President.
Here are some interesting facts to know about Vladimir Putin: