Vladimir Putin was also the prime minister from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012. Putin worked as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel (podpolkovnik), before resigning in 1991 to begin a political career in Saint Petersburg.
What breed is Putin’s dog?
The puppy is an Alabai, a top Turkmen-bred variety of the Central Asia shepherd dog. ‘Verni’ means ‘faithful’ or ‘loyal’ in Russia.