Vladimir Putin: 20 years in 20 photographs

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a campaign concert in March 2018Picture copyright
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Vladimir Putin is about to mark 20 years of main his nation as president and prime minister, navigating geopolitical crises and main sporting occasions.


Invoice Clinton was within the White Home when the previous KGB agent first grew to become Russia’s president on 31 December 1999. Within the 20 years since, there have been three extra US presidents and 5 UK prime ministers.

From world conflicts and home scandals to sporting triumphs and propaganda photographs, we have a look at the photographs that outline Mr Putin’s twenty years in energy.


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Vladimir Putin was appointed prime minister in August 1999 earlier than taking on from Boris Yeltsin as president on 31 December

The previous KGB officer had already been appointed prime minister when Russia launched the second Chechen battle in October 1999, in response to a collection of lethal bombings on condo blocks.

The beginning of his presidency was formed by the battle in Russia’s restive southern republic. Russian forces besieged the Chechen capital, Grozny. In 2003, the UN described Grozny as essentially the most destroyed metropolis on Earth within the wake of the siege.

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Mr Putin flew to Chechnya in March 2000, months after launching the second Chechen battle

For years Russia was hit by militants assaults such because the 2004 Beslan faculty siege wherein 330 folks died, most of them kids.

President Putin didn’t formally finish fight missions in Chechnya till 2009.

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Russia’s cupboard members observe a minute of silence in September 2004 after the Beslan faculty siege, wherein militants killed greater than 330 folks

Mr Putin was confirmed in workplace in presidential elections in March 2000, and inside months was on the centre of a PR disaster.

The Kursk submarine catastrophe left 118 crew members lifeless.

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Mr Putin met the household of the Kursk submarine commander however was sharply criticised on the time for his response to the catastrophe

When the Kursk sank in August 2000, it took days for Russia to tell kin and the president initially didn’t return residence from his Black Sea vacation.

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US President George W Bush invited Mr Putin for a state go to in 2001. The pair travelled to Mr Bush’s residence state of Texas in the course of the journey

In his first decade in workplace, Vladimir Putin was on typically good phrases with Western leaders regardless of his criticism of their overseas coverage,

Putin and Berlusconi in warm winter outfits on a trip to a wildlife preserve north of Moscow in 2003Picture copyright
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (proper) visited Russia in 2003 to debate the state of affairs in Iraq

Queen Elizabeth II and Vladimir Putin in a carriage in 2003Picture copyright
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And the Queen invited Mr Putin for a state go to in 2003 – the primary by a Russian chief since 1874

Russia hosted its first G8 summit in 2006, confirming its membership of the financial group.

From left to right: Angela Merkel, Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Vladimir Putin and George W BushPicture copyright
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Angela Merkel, Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Vladimir Putin and George W Bush stand for a photograph on the 2006 G8 summit in St Petersburg

Below Russia’s structure, Mr Putin couldn’t keep on as president for a 3rd consecutive time period, so in 2008 grew to become prime minister for 4 years.

Few noticed President Dmitry Medvedev as something greater than a Putin protege standing in for his boss.

Vladimir Putin (2nd L) looks at a man injured during fighting in South Ossetia during a visit to a field hospital in Vladikavkaz, the provincial capital of the region of North OssetiaPicture copyright
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As prime minister, Mr Putin visited casualties when battle broke out with Georgia

When Georgia despatched its forces to regain management of the breakaway area of South Ossetia in 2008, Russia invaded deep into Georgia.

The temporary, August battle was an alarm name to the West, however it was Russia’s transfer into japanese Ukraine in 2014 that turned Mr Putin’s relations with Western leaders bitter.

Russia’s seizure and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine prompted EU and US sanctions and introduced a suspension of its membership of the G8.

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President Putin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 introduced him a spike within the opinion polls

Putin with a motorcycle gang in Crimea, 2019Picture copyright
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When Mr Putin attended a bike rally in annexed Crimea in August 2019, Ukraine stated it was a “blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty”

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Talks resumed this month, 5 years after the beginning of the battle in Ukraine, with President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a bid to finish the preventing

4 years into the Syrian civil battle, Russia intervened to again its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, whose authorities was getting ready to collapse. Mr Putin’s determination to ship in Russian planes and armour modified the stability of energy on the bottom.

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Mr Putin’s backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad modified the course of the Syrian Civil Struggle

After Donald Trump’s victory within the US presidential election in 2016, US intelligence companies concluded that Russia had interfered within the marketing campaign.

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US intelligence companies say that Russia interfered within the 2016 US election

And in 2018, the UK accused Russia of poisoning its former navy intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

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Relations with the UK’s then Prime Minister, Theresa Might, have been clearly tense after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal

All through his time in workplace the Russian president has sought to manage his picture and that of his nation. A variety of photographs launched by the chief over time have tried to indicate him as a robust man.

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A topless Vladimir Putin strolling with a sniper rifle close to the border with Mongolia in 2007

Putin frolicking in the snow with his dogs, 2013Picture copyright
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Mr Putin has additionally confirmed his fuzzy aspect, releasing photographs in 2013 of himself enjoying within the snow together with his canine Buffy and Yume

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He has additionally tried to showcase his sporting means, collaborating in video games of ice hockey and judo matches throughout his presidency

He has additionally sought to spice up Russia’s sporting profile by internet hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014 and the World Cup in 2018.

The Sochi Video games have been a hit however the repercussions of a doping scandal proceed to be felt.

The World Anti-Doping Company handed Russia a 4 yr ban from all main sports activities occasion final week. A 2015 report stated Russia had operated what amounted to a state-sponsored doping programme in observe and discipline athletics. This month it was discovered to have tampered with laboratory information offered in January.

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President Putin performed a distinguished function in Russia’s internet hosting of the 2018 World Cup

Whereas the 2018 Fifa World Cup was a global success, the doping scandal means Russia will be unable to participate within the subsequent competitors, in Qatar in 2022.

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