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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia and has been the country’s leader, with an interlude as prime minister, for more than 22 years. Putin was born in 1952, studied law at Leningrad State University and served for 15 years as a KGB officer before becoming a politician in 1991.

Is Putin dead?

Is Putin dead?

What the persistent rumours about the Russian president’s health do and do not tell us about the country’s future.

By Katie Stallard