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Putin's 20 years in power
Vladimir Putin was named acting president on Dec. 31, 1999, by then-president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades.
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December 20, 2018
Vladimir Putin was named acting president on Dec. 31, 1999, by then-president Boris Yeltsin. He has been...
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Russian President Putin listens during annual news conference in Moscow
Vladimir Putin was named acting president on Dec. 31, 1999, by then-president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades. Here are some highlights of Putin's 20 years in power. (Writing and reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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November 04, 1999
Aug. 9, 1999 - During an economic crisis, President Yeltsin names little-known security chief Vladimir...
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RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER PUTIN GESTURES AS HE OPENS CABINET MEETING.
Aug. 9, 1999 - During an economic crisis, President Yeltsin names little-known security chief Vladimir Putin as his fifth acting prime minister in less than a year, and says he wants Putin to succeed him as president. In the following weeks, bombings of apartment blocks across Russia kill more than 300 people, in attacks Putin blames on Chechen militants. His popularity is boosted by his tough response, which includes the aerial bombing of parts of Chechnya and an assault to recapture the breakaway southern province. Some Kremlin critics question if Chechen militants were really behind the apartment bombings.

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March 25, 2000
March 26, 2000 - Putin wins his first presidential election.

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SAILORS OF THE RUSSIAN FLEET CAST BALLOTS.
March 26, 2000 - Putin wins his first presidential election.

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August 21, 2000
Aug. 12, 2000 - The Kursk nuclear-powered submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea, killing all...
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FILE PHOTO OF RUSSIAN NUCLEAR SUBMARINE KURSK IN VIDYAEVO.
Aug. 12, 2000 - The Kursk nuclear-powered submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea, killing all 118 crew after an explosion onboard. Putin's image suffers a jolt after he comments on the crisis only after four days.

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October 26, 2002
2002 - Chechen militants take more than 800 people hostage at a Moscow theater. Special forces end the...
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RUSSIAN SPECIAL FORCES REMOVE HOSTAGES FROM BESIEGED THEATRE IN MOSCOW.
2002 - Chechen militants take more than 800 people hostage at a Moscow theater. Special forces end the siege, but use a poison gas in the process which kills many of the hostages.

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November 02, 2010
2003 - Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is arrested and charged with fraud. He is later found guilty and...
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Jailed Russian former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky and his business partner Lebedev stand behind a glass wall...
2003 - Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is arrested and charged with fraud. He is later found guilty and jailed in a case his supporters say was punishment for his meddling in politics. He is only released in 2013 after Putin pardons him.

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March 14, 2004
March 2004 - Putin wins second term as president with more than 70 percent of the vote after oil prices...
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RUSSIAN SAILOR LEAVES A POLLING BOOTH AT A POLLING STATION IN ST.PETERSBURG.
March 2004 - Putin wins second term as president with more than 70 percent of the vote after oil prices fuel a consumer boom and raise living standards, a trend that continues for another four years.

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September 01, 2004
September 2004 - Islamist fighters seize more than 1,000 people in a school in Beslan, southern Russia,...
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September 2004 - Islamist fighters seize more than 1,000 people in a school in Beslan, southern Russia, triggering a three-day siege that ends in gunfire. A total of 334 hostages are killed, more than half of them children. Some parents say the authorities botched the handling of the siege and blame Putin.

(Pictured: A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school.)

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June 01, 2004
December 2004 - Putin scraps direct elections for regional governors, effectively making them Kremlin...
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A SESSION OF THE STATE COUNCIL IN THE KREMLIN.
December 2004 - Putin scraps direct elections for regional governors, effectively making them Kremlin appointees. Putin says the move is needed to keep Russia united.

(Pictured: Governors of Russian regions attend a session of the State Council.)

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February 27, 2001
2006 - Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya (pictured), a critic of rights abuses in Chechnya,...
Moscow, Russia
RUSSIAN CORRESPONDENT POLITKOVSKAYA SPEAKS AT A NEWS CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW.
2006 - Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya (pictured), a critic of rights abuses in Chechnya, is murdered in Moscow on Putin's birthday. Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko dies in London that same year after being poisoned with a radioactive substance. A British inquiry years later concludes he was killed by Russian agents.

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February 10, 2007
2007 - Putin gives a speech in Munich in which he lashes out at the United States, accusing Washington...
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Russia's President Putin delivers his speech at the Bayerischer Hof hotel during the 43rd Conference...
2007 - Putin gives a speech in Munich in which he lashes out at the United States, accusing Washington of the "almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations."

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May 07, 2008
May 2008 - Constitutional limits on him serving more than two consecutive presidential terms see Putin...
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Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and former president Vladimir Putin stand after the inauguration ceremony...
May 2008 - Constitutional limits on him serving more than two consecutive presidential terms see Putin become prime minister after his ally, Dmitry Medvedev, becomes president.

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August 10, 2008
August 2008 - Russia fights and wins a short war with Georgia. Tbilisi loses control over two breakaway...
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A Russian soldier walks past destroyed Georgian tanks in the South Ossetian capital of Tshinvali
August 2008 - Russia fights and wins a short war with Georgia. Tbilisi loses control over two breakaway regions that are garrisoned with Russian troops.

(Pictured: A Russian soldier walks past destroyed Georgian tanks in the South Ossetian capital of Tshinvali.)

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February 26, 2012
2012 - Putin returns to the presidency, winning re-election with over 60% of the vote after a decision...
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Activists scuffle during an opposition protest on Revolution square in central Moscow
2012 - Putin returns to the presidency, winning re-election with over 60% of the vote after a decision to extend presidential terms to six from four years. Large anti-Putin protests take place before and after the vote, with critics alleging voter fraud.

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March 01, 2014
Feb. 27, 2014 - Russian forces start annexing Ukraine's Crimea region after Ukrainian protesters oust...
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A couple stands next to armed servicemen outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of...
Feb. 27, 2014 - Russian forces start annexing Ukraine's Crimea region after Ukrainian protesters oust their country's Russia-friendly president Viktor Yanukovich. Russia incorporates Crimea the following month after a referendum condemned by the West. The United States and EU go on to impose sanctions on Moscow.

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April 29, 2014
April 2014 - A pro-Russian separatist revolt breaks out in eastern Ukraine which results in a conflict,...
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Pro-Russian armed men take cover behind a car near the local police headquarters in Luhansk
April 2014 - A pro-Russian separatist revolt breaks out in eastern Ukraine which results in a conflict, still ongoing, which hands the rebels control of a vast swath of territory and leaves more than 13,000 people dead. Western nations accuse Russia of backing the revolt; Moscow denies direct involvement.

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November 13, 2015
Sept. 30, 2015 - Russia launches air strikes in Syria in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades,...
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Civil defense members extinguish a military vehicle at a base controlled by rebel fighters from the Ahrar...
Sept. 30, 2015 - Russia launches air strikes in Syria in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in President Bashar al-Assad's favor.

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November 09, 2016
November 2016 - Donald Trump is elected president of the United States after promising to improve battered...
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan
November 2016 - Donald Trump is elected president of the United States after promising to improve battered ties with Moscow. However, U.S. authorities determine Russia tried to interfere in the election in Trump's favor, casting a pall over U.S-Russia ties despite Moscow's denials.

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March 08, 2018
March 4, 2018 - A former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter are poisoned in England with a...
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The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned...
March 4, 2018 - A former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter are poisoned in England with a nerve agent. They survive but a woman who lives nearby dies after her partner brings home the poison found in a discarded perfume bottle. Britain accuses Russia, which denies involvement.

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March 18, 2018
March 19, 2018 - Putin wins a landslide re-election victory and a mandate to stay in office until 2024.

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Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin at a polling station during the presidential...
March 19, 2018 - Putin wins a landslide re-election victory and a mandate to stay in office until 2024.

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December 17, 2018
June/July 2018 - Russia hosts the men's soccer FIFA World Cup.

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Pictures of the Year
June/July 2018 - Russia hosts the men's soccer FIFA World Cup.

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July 27, 2019
July 2019 - Protests break out in Moscow over a municipal election which the anti-Kremlin opposition...
Moscow, Russia
Rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma in Moscow
July 2019 - Protests break out in Moscow over a municipal election which the anti-Kremlin opposition says is unfair. Those protests grow into Moscow's biggest sustained protest movement in years before fizzling out.

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