Putin: Russia’s post-Soviet tsar
A KGB officer turned world leader, Vladimir Putin stamped his total authority on Russia, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow’s lost might abroad while building a strongman image through macho stunts.
Putin, 65, who extended his long rule to 2024 in Russia’s presidential election on Sunday, has reimposed the Kremlin’s grip on society since taking power 18 years ago after a lawless but relatively free decade following the demise of the USSR.
On the international stage, he dealt with three US presidents, thrusting Moscow into a new rivalry with the West by snatching Crimea from Ukraine and launching a pivotal intervention in Syria.
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