Vladimir Putin is the President of the Russian Federation.
Vladimir Putin is the President of the Russian Federation. Putin began his career as a KGB agent, going on to serve as Director of the FSB (the Russian intelligence service) before being appointed as Prime Minister by Yeltsin in 1999. Putin was first elected President in 2000; after he briefly stepped aside to serve as Prime Minister between 2008 and 2012, he secured the Presidency yet again, and is widely expected to win the March 2018 Russian presidential election. The January 2017 intelligence community report found that Putin ordered an influence campaign with the goal of helping Donald Trump during the election. Putin was re-elected on March 18. (Photo credit: Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images)