Vladimir Putin has served as either the President or Prime Minister of Russia since 1999, and is widely considered the most powerful man in Russia.Formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB, Putin eventually became the Director of the Federal Security Service in 1998.On 28 July 1983, Putin married Lyudmila Shkrebneva.On 6 June 2013, Putin announced that their marriage was over, and on 1 April 2014, the Kremlin confirmed that the divorce had been finalized. Putin has been linked to numerous women since he divorced his wife.Russian analyst Vycheslav Nikonov said it remains to be seen how much power Putin will wield as prime minister, but he is likely to remain "a very influential political figure for years to come." "I don't know what's going to happen in half a year.
By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms."He is a wonderful, young, handsome, energetic man who will continue Putin's work and be a shining example to our children," voter Tamara Razumova said.With nearly 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Russia's Central Election Commission said Medvedev was leading with 69 percent of the vote.Putin praised Russians for demonstrating their society "is becoming efficient, responsible and active," and thanked the candidates who ran against his choice to replace him -- but added, "The election is over." "I am very hopeful that the electoral passions will stay in the past, and all those who really do love our Russia will pool their efforts in work for the good of the citizens of our great homeland." Independent observers called the campaign one-sided, with news outlets heavily biased toward the Kremlin's choice.The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the continent's top election watchdog, refused to monitor the balloting because of what it called severe restrictions on its observers by the Russian government.