Birth Name: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Place of Birth: Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (modern Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation)
Date of Birth: 7 October, 1952
Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician, and despot. He has been President of Russia, since 7 May, 2012, and, previously, from 31 December 1999 to 7 May, 2008, as well as Prime Minister of Russia, from 9 August, 1999 to 7 May, 2000, and again, from 8 May, 2008 to 7 May, 2012, and Leader of All-Russia People’s Front, since 12 June, 2013. He has also been Director of the Federal Security Service, from 25 July, 1998 to 29 March, 1999, Secretary of the Security Council, from 9 March, 1999 to 9 August, 1999, and Leader of United Russia, from 7 May, 2008 to 26 May, 2012.
He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2007.
He is the son of Maria Ivanovna (Shelomova), a factory worker, and Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, a conscript in the Soviet Navy, who also served in the NKVD. They came from the Kalininsky area of the Tver region. He has two children with his former wife Lyudmila Putina.
President Putin’s older brothers, Viktor and Albert, had died before his birth, Viktor of diphtheria during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, and Albert in infancy. His maternal grandmother Elizaveta Alekseevna Buyanova was killed by the Nazis in Tver, in 1941. His maternal uncles disappeared on the Eastern Front during the war.
Some researchers speculate that Putin’s ancestry might be linked to the Putyanin clan, “one of the oldest clans” in Russian history, with links to all the royal families of Europe.
Putin holds dans in Judo and Kyokushin Karate. He started raining the Russian martial art of Sambo at the age of fourteen, and continued his training with Judo, reaching his black belt.
President Putin’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to Nikita Putin, who was born c. 1610-1629.
President Putin’s paternal grandfather was Spiridon Ivanovich Putin (the son of Ivan Petrovich Putin and Praskovia/Paraskeva Matveevna Golubeva). Spiridon was born in Pominovo village, Tverskoy district, Turginovskoy volost, Tver province. He was said to have at one point been a chef for Lenin and for Stalin. President Putin’s great-grandfather Ivan was the son of Pyotr/Piotr Prokhorovich Putin and Matrena Yakovlevna Ivanovich. Praskovia was the daughter of Matvei/Matvey Anisimovich Golubev and Ulyana Yevdokimovna.
President Putin’s paternal grandmother was Olga Ivanovna Chursanova (the daughter of Ivan Ivanovich Chursanov and Yulia/Julia Timofeyevna/Timofeevna Fomina). Olga was born in Pominovo. President Putin’s great-grandfather Ivan was the son of Ivan Artemyevich Chursanov and Anastasiya Yevgrafovna Kulakova. Yulia was the daughter of Timofey Yefimovich Fomin and Marina Yefimovna Seropegova.
President Putin’s maternal grandfather was Ivan Andreevich/Andreyevich Shelomov (the son of Andrey Alekseyevich Shelomov and Anastasiya Mikhaylovna Shelomova). Ivan was born in Tver Oblast. President Putin’s great-grandfather Andrey was the son of Aleksey Nikiforovich Skovorodnikov and Domna Stepanovna. Anastasiya was the daughter of Mikhail Fedorovich Shelomov and Anisya Petrovna.
President Putin’s maternal grandmother was Elizaveta Alekseevna Buyanova (the daughter of Aleksey Aleksandrovich Buyanov and Ulyana Petrovna Kamachkina). Elizaveta was born in Melichkina, Tver province, Tver county, Turginovskaya volost. President Putin’s great-grandfather Aleksey was the son of Aleksandr Ivanovich Buyanov and Anastasiya Piminovna. Ulyana was the daughter of Petr Timofeyevich Kamachkin and Fedosya Andreyevna.