Who is he?
This is the current Russian President Vladimir Putin, celebrating his 63rd birthday in Sochi and playing hockey. He is a master of sport and champion in martial arts. Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad (modern Saint Petersburg). Putin's mother was a factory worker, and his father was in the Soviet Navy.
At the age of 12 Putin started practicing at martial arts and became a champion of Russia, studied German at high school and later started learning English as well. Nowadays the President speaks fluent German. Putin studied law at Leningrad State University. He graduated in 1975.