Things to Know about Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

Things are starting to get a little heated up with the whole Russia invading Crimea and wanting Ukraine but what else is there to know about Russia’s President Vladimir Putin?

Here are 8 facts you probably did not know about Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, featuring small bits of his past and present.

There are not many good things one can say about a leader who tries by any means to accomplish everything he wants, but what if there is more there than meets the eye? In no way is this article about criticizing or praising the Russian leader, it is only a way of making you know a bit more about the man who has been around in the news lately.

1. George W. Bush made a comment about Vladimir Putin

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I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.

This is a comment Bush made about Putin. Soon after, the Russian President commented about Bush’s dog on how it was too small for being considered an actual dog. Heartwarming, huh?

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He wasborn in Leningrad in 1952 as the son of Maria and Vladimir. Maria Ivanovna, his mother survived the Siege of Leningrad between  1941 and 1944, when German and Finnish troops cut off all of the supplies which were set to arrive in the city of Leningrad, Russia.

3. He’s a sports person

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Don’t think of Putin as a person who considers attacking other countries as a sport (although he might, who knows?), he actually used to be into boxing, judo and karate. He started taking lesson when he was 12 even though these violent sports where not exactly on his mother’s taste.

4. He announced his divorce on Russian Television

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced during a live broadcast that he and his wife Lyudmila were going to divorce, back in 2014. The couple were married for almost 30 years and the reason behind the divorce seems to be the fact that both of them had busy lives and couldn’t see each other as often anymore.

5. Putin is a father

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Vladimir Putin and his now ex-wife Lyudmila have two daughters together, Maria and Yekaterina. Although both of his daughters are now almost 30 years old, almost no one in Russia or outside it knows who they are or how they look like. It is said that Russians respect the privacy of their leader very much and do not want to interfere in it.

6. He is fluent in German

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Vladimir Putin spent 5 years in the German city of Dresden while working for the secret Russian intelligence agency, KGB. After the Berlin Wall fell, he was deployed back in Russia but his German remained clear as day.

7. Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person in the world, according to Forbes

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Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful man alive by Forbes while US president Barack Obama came second. Although this “assumption” caused a lot of controversy back in November when it was first published, you can see why Forbes chose Putin over Obama.

Vladimir Putin has been Russia’s leader for almost 15 years and in 2014 he not only figured out a way to annex Crimea and start a civil war in Ukraine but he also managed to land a $70 billion worth deal with China by constructing the world’s largest gas pipeline.

8. Putin is a manipulator

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During the years he spent as a KGB agent, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was known to be a people manipulator who was actually very good at what he was doing. Given the fact that he spent quite some time undercover and no one figured it out, that sure counts as impressive.

Although Vladimir Putin has gotten closer now than ever on starting the next World War, his decisions are almost never done out of impulse. He is strategic and meticulous and always thinks a lot on his next move. These are only a couple of reasons why the world should start acknowledging his existence if they have not done so yet.

 

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The alpha male instinct lies deep within you, young grasshopper. As you know, many of your pack members have not gained full wisdom in the ways of domestication. They reject the rules and, sometimes, must be punished for their lack of social skills, often requiring re-education on some of the most elementary practices. Not only is it your duty to stand up and become the man everyone wants you to be, but as the alpha dog, I mean alpha male, you must set the example by using your sovereignty for good, not evil.

While there is no made manual explaining exactly how to dig into your soul and allow your manly instincts to kick in, they are, in fact, there. So how about some help? Take it from television's extreme alpha males — Packmaster Alcide from “True Blood” (a pretty little lady always by his side), Jack Donaghy from “30 Rock,” Ari Gold from “Entourage,” and the one and only mans man/ladies man, Don Draper of “Mad Men.”

Get Some Cojones

Confidence. Guts. Balls. A very necessary trait when attempting to succeed at anything, let alone meeting a lovely lady. Within the confounds of confidence, lies humor, wit and education. Say what you mean, but with style and poise.

There are a few different types of alpha males, including full-fledge tool bags, ones who are obnoxious and overbearing (how do they still get chicks?), and then the one you want to be. Themodernman.com suggests leaving arrogance behind and finding your wit: the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure (thank you dictionary.com).

Nail the Look

Take as many of these manly ideas home with you as you groom yourself to be the best you can be.

  • 5 O'clock Shadow — Grow one. Women find it sexy, studies show it. What studies? I don't know but it's true.
  • Tone It Up — Muscles are popular women desires, according to research out of UCLA.
  • Go Deep — A deep voice is one of those comfort issues. Strong hands and a deep voice continue to make women melt, says a study in Memory & Cognition.
  • The Car — Depending on the type of alpha male you want to be, your car says a lot! Men's Health states that a 2011 study from the University of Texas at San Antonio found that a fast car can equal a fast hook-up. Listen, just make sure you have a running car and you're fine.
  • Nice Threads — The clothes make the man, or so the saying goes. Again, this depends on the type of man you want to be. Go with a style and groom yourself. If your style is disheveled and unshaven, do it with confidence. Groom yourself to be properly and admirably unkempt.

Be Playful

Laughter is infectious. This might be where education plays a crucial role. When in conversation, know what you are talking about by doing your research. When delivering jokes, be sure you think before you speak and that you are playfully intelligent and witty. Give a wink to your female interest and direct humor towards her. You'll win the entire crowd over, not just your new lady friend.

It's All in Your Hands

Take control. Lead the way. Take her hand and hold it strong. As Art of Manliness simply suggests. be a gentleman and open doors for her. When you hug her, do it with passion. Have a firm handshake with other males and females. If confronted by a possible altercation, face out your palms, shrug your shoulders, interject some wit and walk away. You are the leader of a pack, alpha male, don't forget that. But if totally necessary, hold up your hands and knock the dude to the ground. Bam, alpha dog!

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