MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 62nd birthday on October 7, 2014.
Putin was born on October 7, 1952, in Leningrad, which was St. Petersburg's name from 1924 to 1991. He graduated with a degree in law from Leningrad State University in 1975, subsequently earning a Ph.D. in economics.
After graduating, Putin was assigned to work at the KGB, the intelligence agency of the Soviet Union. He spent five years working in East Germany, from 1985 to 1990. In 1990, he became international affairs assistant to the rector of Leningrad State University.
In June 1991, Putin became chairman of the International Relations Committee at the St. Petersburg City Council. From 1994, he held this post alongside the position of First Deputy Chairman of the St. Petersburg City Government (First Deputy Mayor).
In August 1996, Putin was appointed deputy head of the President's Administrative Directorate (Property Management Directorate). The following year, he became deputy head of the Presidential Administration and head of the Central Supervision and Inspections Directorate.
In March 1998, Putin was promoted to first deputy head of the Presidential Administration. The same year, he took joined the Federal Security Service and from March 1999, was also Security Council secretary.
Putin was appointed prime minister in August 1999, becoming acting president on December 31, 1999.
On March 26, 2000, he was elected president of Russia, with the inauguration ceremony held on May 7, 2000.
He was re-elected for a second presidential term on March 14, 2004, assuming the post prime minister four years later on May 8, 2008.
On March 4, 2012, Putin once again became Russian president, inaugurated on May 7, 2012.
Putin has two daughters: Maria, born 1985, and Katerina, born 1986.