With his invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has again played the center of world attention. It’s not the first time the former KGB agent has chosen this brutal path to achieve his goals.
Putin has been involved in world politics for more than 22 years, but not much is known about the Kremlin boss. The private side is undoubtedly one of the best-kept state secrets in Russia.
How Rich Is Vladimir Putin Really?
But who is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin really? How rich is Putin really? Is he married, how many children does he have? Where and when was he born? What is his background? How was his professional career? Where is his wife hiding? A quest for answers.
For more than two decades, the 69-year-old has had absolute control over all of Russia. Not only via the power apparatus, but also via the media.
Vladimir Putin is said to have earned around 114,000 euros last year
At the head of the former Soviet Union, the ex-agent is said to have enriched himself enormously financially. Critics suspect that Putin is actually many times richer than the Kremlin claims. Corruption has repeatedly been accused of his apparatus of power.
The Kremlin, of course, tries to cover up this picture. On Friday, the presidential office announced that Putin earned 10.2 million rubles (around 114,000 euros) last year. In addition, a 77 square meter apartment, three cars and a car trailer were listed as belonging to the Kremlin boss.
Alexei Navalny is Putin’s worst adversary
The Kremlin’s announcement caused a lot of ridicule on the Internet. Some users referred to research by the imprisoned Kremlin opponent Alexej Navalny, who has repeatedly uncovered corruption scandals. Last year, Navalny’s team assigned Putin a giant palace on the Black Sea coast in a two-hour film and revealed disguised ownership. At the time, the Kremlin called this “nonsense” and a “lie”.
Not only since his invasion of the Ukraine, with which he instigated a war in the middle of Europe, has the ex-secret serviceman been the focus of global attention. But who is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin really? Where and when was he born? What is his background? How was his professional career? How rich is Putin really? Is he married, how many children does he have? Where is his wife hiding? A quest for answers.
Wladimir Putin born in Sankt Petersburg 1952
On October 7, 1952, Putin saw the light of day as the third child in what is now Saint Petersburg. At that time, the city on the Baltic Sea was still called Leningrad, which was besieged by German troops during the Second World War between 1941 and 1944.
Putin grew up in modest circumstances. His father, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, was a soldier and fought in the Russian Navy against the Nazis. Together with his wife Marija Ivanovna Putina he worked in a factory. A typical working class family living in a 20 square meter communal apartment. Since his siblings died young, Putin enjoyed a lot of attention from his parents.
Vladimir Putin’s grandfather was allegedly Stalin’s personal chef
His father was a staunch communist, and his grandfather was said to be Stalin’s personal chef. Sport was one of his favorite pastimes from an early age. Martial arts were the focus, especially judo, but he also practiced boxing and sambo. After the attack on Ukraine, the world judo association IJF revoked Putin’s status as honorary president and ambassador.
His passion for martial arts also set the course for his professional future. Even then, Putin still tells us, the desire for a career as a secret agent was said to have matured in him.
Vladimir Putin witnessed the reunification of Germany in Dresden
After studying law in his hometown, where fellow students allegedly gave Putin the nickname “Moth”, he joined the Russian secret service. He was known as a determined and ambitious student. Ten years later he was transferred to Germany as a KGB officer. Until 1990 he worked as an agent in Dresden, where he perfected his German.
Putin was strongly influenced by his time with the secret service. He experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall as an employee of the Russian secret service in Dresden. The collapse of the USSR was a drastic experience for Putin.
At the end of the 1990s, Putin’s rapid political rise began. In a very short space of time he rose from head of the domestic intelligence service to prime minister and then president of Russia. After his return, he first became deputy mayor of his native city and then moved to the presidential administration in Moscow in 1996. There he quickly gained the confidence of President Boris Yeltsin, who made him prime minister in 1999.
Through his tough approach in the Chechen war, he was able to convince as prime minister and win over the Russian people. In March 2000 he was elected President. According to the constitution, he had to resign from office in 2008, but installed his confidante Dmitry Medvedev as a placeholder in order to replace him again in 2012. He then amended the constitution to allow him to remain in power until 2036.
Love life of Vladimir Putin is a state secret
From 1983 to 2013, Putin was married to the German teacher Ludmila Shkrebneva, the couple has two daughters. The couple separated in 2012, but the divorce was not announced until April 2014.
Putin is said to have had an affair with the much younger Alina Kabaeva since 2008. The 31-year-old Russian Olympian is said to have children with the Russian dictator. Of course, the Kremlin always denies numerous media reports about the alleged relationship.
Did Vladimir Putin hide his family in Switzerland?
If you can believe the US portal “Page Six”, Kabaeva is hiding with their two sons in a secret place in Switzerland. We are talking about a luxury chalet that is hermetically sealed
Apparently there are more offspring in the Putin household. A day before the important military parade on May 9 in Moscow, the Russian warmonger is said to have learned that Kabaeva was pregnant again. The British tabloid reports “The Sun“.
Is Alina Kabaeva pregnant again?
As can be heard from Putin’s environment, the father-to-be did not react euphorically to the news. According to the Russian news portal “General SVR”, the former secret agent did not expect it either. Accordingly, he is said to have been “angry”.
Putin is said to have organized a safe shelter for his family in the Swiss canton of Ticino before invading Ukraine. Allegedly, the children also have a Swiss passport, as does Kabaeva, a source from the US portal claims.
Speculations about another secret daughter are also doing the rounds. Allegedly, the millionaire Svetlana Krivonogich is said to be the mother.
Goddaughter Ksenia Sobchak defied Putin – escape
A goddaughter of Putin is also in the public spotlight. Ksenia Sobchak, a former It girl from Moscow, is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak. He was once the mayor of St. Petersburg and is considered Putin’s political foster father.
The former TV presenter entered politics a few years ago, and even ran against the presidential elections in Russia in 2018. Not only the now 40-year-old has sharply criticized Putin in public, but also her mother. Ksenia Sobchak is said to have fled Russia to Israel two weeks after the war began.
Net worth of Vladimir Putin
Putin is said to have a fortune worth billions, but of course Moscow denies this. According to official information from the Kremlin, as head of state Putin will receive a monthly salary of around 11,000 euros.
Just a few weeks ago, everyone was talking about his luxury yacht. After lengthy repairs at the “Bloom and Voss” shipyard, the “Graceful” was anchored in the port of Hamburg. With a monthly income of a good 10,000 euros, such a status object can hardly be financed.
Another superyacht linked to Putin surfaced in Italy in early March. This is the “Scheherazade”, which is said to be the largest private yacht in the world. The white monster is 147 meters long and is said to cost around 700 million euros. She sails under the flag of the Cayman Islands. The four radar systems on the luxury yacht are particularly striking. Usually only two are attached to such ships.
Monstrous palace on the Black Sea
As imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny revealed in a 2020 documentary, Putin is said to own a pompous palace on the Black Sea. The imposing building with its own ice hockey hall is said to be worth more than 1.1 billion euros and is hermetically sealed. One can only speculate about how much Putin’s fortune really is. The figures range from around 40 to more than 200 billion dollars. At least that’s what the New York Times reports
Despite all the secrets, Putin enjoys great popularity among the Russian people. His followers see him as the savior of Russia, who rescued the country from impending disintegration and chaos, even though he was tough on his subjects from the start. According to experts, he is obsessed with the vision of restoring Russia to its former glory: one of the reasons why he is said to have invaded Ukraine. (mbr)