Vladimir Putin has been the President of Russia since 2012. Deemed amongst the most powerful people in this world but there is very little that we know of the man.
Here are 16 facts about Vladimir Putin which will blow your mind:
#1. In his biography, Vladimir Putin revealed that in his childhood, he spent his free time hunting rats.
#2. He has two daughters but keeps their private lives top secret.
#3. He has several pet dogs and used one to scare German chancellor Angela Merkel.
#4. In order to honour the Russian President’s 62nd birthday, a one-night-only art display of “The 12 Labours of Putin” was created by an artist who adores his nation’s leader.
#5. Among other bizarre 62nd-birthday tributes, a 2,000-foot-long Russian flag was created by Grozny natives who stood on the streets of the town dressed in different colours, while a huge banner with a cartoon of US President Barack Obama wearing a Putin T-shirt which was the hung from a bridge for everyone to see.
#6. Putin helped to put out wildfires in the Russian countryside by co-piloting an aircraft.
#7. His grandfather cooked meals for Vladimir Lenin And Joseph Stalin.
#8. For 16 years Putin worked as an officer in the KGB (the Committee for State Security), spying for the secret police agency in East Germany between 1975 and 1991.
#9. T-shirts bearing images of the Russian leader, as well Putin canned food, Putinka Vodka and Gorbusha Putina caviar, are sold throughout the nation.
#10. Although no-one knows for sure, it has been alleged that Putin has a huge personal wealth estimated to a whopping worth of £46 billion.
It is believed that Putin owns at least 11 luxury watches (worth a combined £500,000) as well as 20 villas and palaces, nine of which were built during his time as President. What’s more, one of those mansions – dubbed as “Putin’s Palace” – is being built and designed in Italianate style near the Black Sea village of Praskoveevka and allegedly cost £750 million to build.
#11. Putin is a huge fan of the Beatles.
#12. While walking in the Ussuri nature reserve in eastern Russian back in 2008, during a mission to help save the endangered Siberian tiger, Putin supposedly rescued an accompanying television crew from being mauled by one of the animals by shooting it with a tranquilizer dart.
#13. Russian writer Sergei Kalenik began an online comic series in 2011 named “Superputin” – in which the Russian President saves his nation by judo-chopping terrorists.
#14. He’s really good at hockey.
#15. GDP per capita has grown from $2,400 in 2000 to $12,000 last year for Russia. All thanks to Putin!