Vladimir Putin was born October 7, 1952 in the city of Leningrad, Russia. He was born into humble surroundings but his Grandfather at one time did work for the Lenin's. He has been called a man of mystery since very little information of his early days no exists. He would eventually graduate from Leningrad State University in 1975 with a degree in International Law.
He would join the KGB in 1975. He would do most of his early time with the KGB in the city of Dresden, East Germany. He would use a cover as a translator/ interpreter to recruit foreigners into the KGB. The hope was they would be trained for assignments in the United States.
In 1991, he would be installed in the International affairs section of Leningrad State University. his duties would include spying on students and looking for recruits for the KGB.
Putin would eventually get together with a former professor Anatoly Sobchak. This connection would lead his career to the political side of things.
In 1999, Putin would become a Deputy Prime Minister under Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin would state that he wanted Putin to succeed him in the Presidency and in that same year Putin would become President. His first official act was to sign papers that would let Yeltsin off the hook for anything he or his family had ever done illegally.
Putin would have several crisis to face in his first term as President. The submarine Kursk and the war in Chechnya just to name a couple. He also made an agreement with the old school side of the politburo and this would give him credibility.
Putin would learn quickly how to handle any crisis that would pop up from now on and the way he did that was to hit it head on. He has become the polished politician and knows what he is doing. He has orchestrated this crisis in the Ukraine and has not backed down to anyone on the public stage. He has brought Russia out of a financial crisis that occurred in the years 2007-on and is not going to allow this sort of problem to occur again if he can help it. He has taken the crisis and made it look as if it was a Russian affair and that he will look after the Crimea as a Russian state.
Putin is a force to be reckoned with and he is as I say a very well polished Politician and when he knows what he wants he goes and gets it. God help us all.