Vladimir Putin – The Polarizing Bear of Russia?

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The current and long serving leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is undoubtedly a polarizing figure on the world stage and certainly unapologetic with his foreign policy objectives and use of force where he himself deems it necessary.

Many fingers point at him for the intimidation and even death of journalists and rival politicians, his support of authoritarian leaders and his apparent meddling and undermining of Western democracy.

This former KGB agent has been an astute political player who has successfully climbed the ladder of Russian politics and whose resume taps into Cold War fears that still bubble under the surface of American society to this day.

Here we take a look at what made the most powerful man in Russia one of the most polarizing and secretive, yet enigmatic leaders to rise to the forefront of today’s global political landscape.

Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) on October 7, 1952, in the early years of the post war geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States, he lived in a communal apartment along with three other families.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was the youngest of three children, his mother Maria Ivanovna Putina was a former factory worker but stayed at home while his father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy before also becoming a factory worker. Sadly, soon after his birth both his brothers would die leaving Putin as essentially an only child.

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1 thought on “Vladimir Putin – The Polarizing Bear of Russia?”

  1. Putin was / is no choir boy. He now lives in a billion dollar palace with lavish gardens and secluded acreage. He leaves a trail of executed enemies and I would wager unlike the cowardly Clintons, he didn’t hire someone to do his dirty work. My guess is he has acquired much of his wealth from stealing. He is / was a thief, murderer and bully.

    That being said, he now promotes family, Christianity, a sovereign Russia. He loves his country.

    Russian military soldiers are encouraged to be heterosexual not homosexual like here in America. No red high heel marches for Russian troop and none of this insane transgender nonsense.

    Say what you will about Putin, but he always comes across with dignity and decorum unlike our womanizer Clinton, blustering big mouth Trump, queer, gay Obama, drunk at the podium Piglosi or senile pedophile Biden.

    Russia at the moment can be proud, they at least have a leader that acts like a leader. He’s not perfect but Vladimir Putin is a hell of a lot better than the traitors in DC that have sold our country out and are for the most part all sexual perverts, drunkards and cocaine addicts.

    I saw a picture of Putin as a young boy sitting on his mother’s lap. They are both rail thin and looked to be real Russian peasants. Vladimir Putin started out dirt poor. He had initiative, drive, focus and despite all the odds against him is now where he is at.

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