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Vladimir Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012. Putin during his second term as Prime Minister, was the Chairman of the United Russia Party, the ruling party.
Putin from the very beginning has been actively involved in various sports and doesn't miss a chance to show his vigor and strength.
Putin always gets the top ranks on some of the very important lists . In 2007, he was Time Magazine's Person of the Year. In 2015, he was assigned #1 on the Time Magazine's Most Influential People List.In 2013, 2014, and 2015, he was assigned #1 on the Forbes List of The World's Most Powerful People.
By the age of 18, Vladimir Putin had achieved a black-belt in Judo. He also practices Sambo which is a Russian wrestling technique. The Russian president recalled that he took up Judo just so that he could not be bullied at school.
According to the Moscow Times, Putin took the seat of the co-pilot on the firefighting plane. Putin held the throttle and sprayed 24 tons of water on the wildfire. He doesn't have any known pilot training but he was spotted on a co-pilot's seat earlier at an air show.
In 2008, Putin saved a member of the television crew from a tiger attack at a national park when he was observing how researchers monitor the animals in the wild. He then helped researchers to measure the tigers incisors and to place a transmitter around tigers neck. Putin later admitted that this act was staged to highlight some endangered species.
The Russian president once drove a formula one car all by himself and reached the 150 mph mark before spinning out and skidding while the halt.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has mass support from his country.He won 53% vote in 2000, 73% in 2004, and his ally Dmitry Medvedev won 70% in 2008. The biggest fans of Vladimir Putin are bikers. The biker gang "night wolves" are sometimes monikered "Putin's Hell's Angels" because they are very patriotic and also love Putin.
According to the president's spokesperson, Putin and the former action hero are longtime friends. He went too far by proposing that Russia should make Seagal an honorary consul of Russia in California and Arizona. Obama's response to this was "you've got to be kidding me" as told by an anonymous American official.
Putin plays Ice Hockey very well. He even scored a goal against the Russian national team goal- keeper.
Putin loves visiting historic sites and once went for scuba diving in the Black sea and then came out with two ancient Greek vases which had been already discovered. The jugs had been deliberately placed there for Putin to recover.
Russian president Vladimir Putin is fond of doing all kinds of sports related activities and he loves fishing too. During a trip to Siberia in 2013, he caught a huge Pike which was one of the biggest.