Open letter by Vladimir Putin to Russian voters
Vladimir V. Putin
President of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad on October 7, 1952.
In 1975, Putin graduated from the law department of the Leningrad
State University. After graduation he worked at the Foreign Intelligence
Service. He also worked for a long time in Germany. After his return to
Leningrad, Putin became an aide to the vice-president of the Leningrad
State University in charge of international issues.
In 1990, he was adviser to chairman of the Leningrad City Council and
in 1991-1994 chairman of the committee for foreign relations of the St.
Petersburg Mayor's Office.
In 1994-1996, he was first deputy chairman of the city government and
chairman of the committee for external relations.
In 1996-1997, he was first deputy presidential business
In 1997-1998, Putin worked as head of the president's Main Audit
Directorate and presidential deputy chief of staff.
From July 1998 to March 1999 he was director of the Federal Security
Between March 1999 and August 1999, Putin combined his job as Federal
Security Service director with the work as Security Council secretary.
On August 9, 1999, he was appointed first vice-prime minister and
later on the same day he became acting prime minister.
On March 26, 2000, he was elected the President of the Russian Federation.
Putin is married with two daughters. His hobbies include sports,