In 1980, Vladimir Putin met his future wife, Lyudmila, who was working as a flight attendant at the time. The couple married in 1983 and had two daughters. In early June 2013, after nearly 30 years of marriage, Russia’s first couple announced that they were getting a divorce.
In December 1999, Boris Yeltsin resigned as president of Russia and appointed Putin acting president until official elections were held, and in March 2000, Putin was elected to his first term with 53 percent of the vote. Promising both political and economic reforms, Putin set about restructuring the government and launching criminal investigations into the business dealings of high-profile Russian citizens. He also continued Russia’s military campaign in Chechnya.
In September 2001, in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States, Putin announced Russia’s support for the United States in its anti – terror campaign.
In 2004, Putin was re – elected to the presidency, and in April of the following year made a historic visit to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon marking the first visit to Israel by any Kremlin leader.
Due to constitutional term limits, Putin was prevented from ……Subscribe to Readmore………