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Highlights from Vladimir Putin's 20 years in power
Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on Aug. 9 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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June 02, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on August 9, 1999 by then president...
St. Petersburg, Russia
Participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum gather near an electronic screen showing...
Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on August 9, 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: REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
PUTIN
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January 01, 2000
Dec. 31, 1999 - An ailing Yeltsin resigns, names Putin acting president.

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Moscow, Russian Federation
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears on Russian TV December 31. [President Boris Yeltsin] stunned h.....
Dec. 31, 1999 - An ailing Yeltsin resigns, names Putin acting president.

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RUSSIA SIEGE
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October 25, 2002
2002 - Chechen militants take more than 800 people hostage at a Moscow theater. Special forces end the...
Moscow, Russian Federation
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.


REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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January 15, 2004
2003 - Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is arrested and charged with fraud. He is later found guilty and...
Moscow, Russian Federation
OIL TYCOON KHODORKOVSKY LISTENS DURING A COURT SESSION IN MOSCOW.
2003 - Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is arrested and charged with fraud. He is later found guilty and jailed in a case his supporters said was punishment for his meddling in politics. He is only released in 2013 after Putin pardons him.

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RUSSIA
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March 15, 2004
March 2004 - Putin wins second term as president with more than 70 percent of the vote after oil prices...
St.Petersburg, Russian Federation
RUSSIAN WOMAN LOOKS SCREENS IN TELEVISION SHOP 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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RUSSIA
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September 03, 2004
September 2004 - Islamist fighters seize more than 1,000 people in a school in Beslan, southern Russia,...
Beslan, Russia
Russian special forces troops flee a school in the town of Beslan.
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. Over half of them are children. Some parents say the authorities botched the handling of the siege and blame Putin. REUTERS/S.Dal
RUSSIA CHECHNYA
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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 spies. REUTERS/File
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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...
Munich, Germany
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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June 22, 2011
May 2008 - Constitutional limits on him serving more than two consecutive presidential terms see Putin...
Moscow, Russia
Russian President Medvedev walks next to Prime Minister Putin after a remembrance ceremony in Moscow
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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FOR MAGDESK
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August 09, 2008
August 2008 - Russia fights and wins a short war with Georgia which loses control over two breakaway...
Gori, Georgia
Georgian soldiers run past a building hit by bombardment in Gori
August 2008 - Russia fights and wins a short war with Georgia which loses control over two breakaway regions that are garrisoned with Russian troops.

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RUSSIA-PROTEST
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December 15, 2012
2012 - Putin returns to the presidency, winning re-election with over 60% of the vote after a decision...
Moscow, Russia
Police officers detain an opposition activist during an unauthorised rally 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. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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February 07, 2014
Feb 7-23, 2014 - Russia hosts the winter Olympic games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Brian...
Sochi, Russia
Russian rhythmic gymnast Kabaeva receives the Olympic flame from Olympic champion wrestler Karelin as...
Feb 7-23, 2014 - Russia hosts the winter Olympic games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
UKRAINE-CRISIS/CRIMEA
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March 03, 2014
Feb. 27, 2014 - Russian troops start annexing Ukraine's Crimea region after Ukrainian protesters oust...
Simferopol, Ukraine
Ukrainian soldier looks at military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, outside the territory...
Feb. 27, 2014 - Russian troops start annexing Ukraine's Crimea region after Ukrainian protesters oust the 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. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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September 14, 2014
April 2014 - A pro-Russian separatist uprising breaks out in eastern Ukraine which results in a conflict,...
LUHANKS, Ukraine
A pro-Russian rebel displays a captured Ukrainian flag at the destroyed airport in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine...
April 2014 - A pro-Russian separatist uprising breaks out in eastern Ukraine which results in a conflict, still ongoing, which hands the separatists control of a vast swath of territory and leaves over 13,000 people dead. Western countries accuse Russia of backing the uprising; Moscow denies direct involvement. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
USA-RUSSIA/SUMMIT
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July 16, 2018
November 2016 - Donald Trump is elected president of the United States after promising to improve battered...
Helsinki, Finland
Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki
November 2016 - Donald Trump is elected president of the United States after promising to improve battered ties with Moscow. U.S. authorities determine Russia tried to interfere in the election in his favor however, casting a pall over U.S-Russia ties despite Russian denials. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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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...
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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 Moscow, which denies involvement. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
SOCCER-WORLDCUP/BEST
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July 15, 2018
June/July 2018 - Russia hosts the men's soccer FIFA World Cup. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Moscow, Russia
Editor's Choice: Best of the FIFA World Cup
June/July 2018 - Russia hosts the men's soccer FIFA World Cup. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
RUSSIA-POLITICS/PROTESTS
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July 27, 2019
2019 - Protests break out in Moscow over a municipal election which the anti-Kremlin opposition says...
Moscow, Russia
Rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma in Moscow
2019 - Protests break out in Moscow over a municipal election which the anti-Kremlin opposition says is unfair. Putin has yet to comment on the demonstrations.
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