Vladmir Putin's wax figure at Madame Tussauds London

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Vladimir Putin

Stand shoulder to shoulder with Russia’s most popular (ex)president

From KGB Lieutenant to President of Russia in just eight years, Putin is arguably the most powerful man in the world after George Bush. Under his eight year watch, he has restored order to his country and seen the Russian economy bounce back and has clamped down on the political ambitions of the oligarchs. With four out of five of his countrymen in favour of his presidency, he remains the most popular politician in Russia.

1952: Born in Leningrad (St Petersburg)
1976: Completes KGB training
1989: Fall of Communism
1991: Resigns from KGB
Heads Committee for External Relations of the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Office.
1994: Becomes 1st Deputy Head of Administration of City of Saint Petersburg
1996: Becomes Deputy Chief of the Presidential Property Management Department.
1997: Appointed Chief of Presidential Staff by Boris Yeltsin
1998:Becomes head of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation
1999: Becomes Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Becomes Prime Minister
Becomes President
2008:Hands over powre to Dmitry Medvedev

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