Watch this space for the latest updates on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former intelligence officer has been president of Russia from 1999 until 2008 and then again in 2012. Putin served as prime minister in the intermittent years between his tenure as president, from 2008 to 2012. Born October 7, 1952 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Putin studied law before joining the KGB. In 2022, Russian ordered an invasion of Ukraine that immediately started war between the two countries. The invasion was met with international criticism of Putin, resulting in sanctions and other diplomatic responses, further isolating Russia from the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and other countries.