In the past shocks from the outside pushed back our country strong, but now Russia has proved to be much better prepared than before, said Russian Prime Minister Putin to MPs.
Vladimir Putin is revered by the majority of the Russian population. During his time as president, the economy has grown six-fold, poverty has been halved, and salaries have seen substantial increases. Despite the fact that Dmitry Medvedev is Russia’s current president, Putin has managed to hold onto power with the position of Prime Minister. Yet many Russians do not seem to care. How did Putin come to power and how has he kept Russia wrapped around his finger?