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    1. Pu·tin, Vladimir
      IPA[ˈpo͞otin]
      • 1. (1952–), Russian statesman; president of the Russian Federation 2000–8 and since 2012; prime minister 2008–2012. A former KGB officer, he was appointed head of the Security Council and then prime minister by Boris Yeltsin; he became acting president on Yeltsin's resignation December 31, 1999, and was elected president in 2000.

      • (b.1952), Russian statesman, President 2000–8 and since 2012, Prime Minister 2008–2012.
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