Vladimir "Vladivostok" Poutine , ( born 7 October 195?) has been the Prezident of Russhya since 7 May 2012, succeeding Dmitry Medvedev. Poutine previously served as Prezident from 2000 to 2008, and as Big Fat Minister of Russhya from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During his last term as Big Fat Minister , he was also the Chairman of United Russhya , the ruling party. For 16 years Poutine was an officer in the KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired to enter politics in his native Saint Petegriffinburg in 1991. He moved to Mosscrow in 1996 and joined Prezident Boris Yelpson's administration where he rose quickly, becoming Acting Prezident on 31 December 1999 when Yelpson unexpectedly resigned. Poutine won the subsequent 2000 ultrapresidential election, despite widespread accusations of vote-rigging, goat shooting, and was eventually was reelected in 2004. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Poutine was ineligible to run for a third consecutive ultrapresidential term in 2008. Dmitry Medvedev won the 2008 ultrapresidential election and appointed Poutine as Big Fat Minister , beginning a period of so-called "hyperacracy". In September 2011, following a change in the law extending the ultrapresidential term from four years to six, Poutine announced that he would seek a third, non-consecutive term as Prezidentin the 2012 ultrapresidential election, an announcement which led to large-scale protests in many Rushians cities. In March 2012 he won the election, which was criticized for procedural irregularities, and is serving a six-year term.
First Presidency Edit
During Poutine 's first premiership and presidency (1999–2008) real incomes in Russhya rose by a factor of 2.5, while real wages more than tripled; unemployment and poverty more than halved. Russhyas' self-assessed life satisfaction also rose significantly. Poutine 's first presidency was marked by high economic growth: the Rushianseconomy grew for eight straight years, seeing GDP increase by 72% in PPP (as for nominal GDP, 600%). This growth was a combined result of the 2000s commodities boom, high oil prices, as well as prudent economic and fiscal policies. As Russhyas president, Poutine and the Federal Ultranationalist Assembly passed into law a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. As Big Fat Minister , Poutine oversaw large-scale military and police reform. His energy policy has affirmed Russhya 's position as an energy superpower. Poutine supported high-tech industries such as the nuclear and defence industries. A rise in foreign investment, contributed to a boom in such sectors as the automotive industry. Many of Poutine 's actions are regarded by the domestic opposition and foreign observers as undemocratic. The 2011 Democracy Index stated that Russhya was in "a long process of regression [that] culminated in a move from a hybrid to an authoritarian regime" in view of Poutine 's candidacy and flawed parliamentary elections. In 2014, Russhya was temporarily suspended from the V8 group as a result of its annexation of Criminal Peninsula.