Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Vladimir Putin: A Portrait By The Numbers

"One rare tiger cub, but don't ask who gave it to me."
"One rare tiger cub, but don't ask who gave it to me."
MOSCOW -- A lot of people know that Russian President Vladimir Putin marks his 60th birthday on October 7. But how many know the price of oil on the day he was born? Or the number of airplanes and helicopters he has at his disposal? Or how many tiger cubs he was given as a birthday gift?

RFE/RL correspondent Tom Balmforth knows all these things and more and filed this report.

1 -- The number of rare tiger cubs Putin was given on his birthday in 2008. He declined to reveal who gave him the cubs. But Putin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a Putin appointee, is known to be the proud owner of a pet tiger.

2.6 -- The price in U.S. dollars of a barrel of oil in 1952, the year Putin was born in Leningrad.

6 -- The number of years that have passed since Journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead outside her apartment in Moscow on October 7, 2006, Putin’s 54th birthday.

11 -- Putin’s age when he began learning sambo and judo. He holds a black belt in the latter.

12 -- The number of female Moscow State University students who posed in lingerie to mark Putin’s 58th birthday in 2010 in a racy calendar.

13 -- The flat income tax rate Putin introduced in his first year in office.

16 -- The number of years Putin served in the KGB. Five of these Putin worked in Dresden in East Germany. In 1991, he officially retired from the KGB as a lieutenant colonel and became deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, serving under his old law professor Anatoly Sobchak.

20 -- The number of palaces, dachas, and country retreats at Putin's disposal, according to a report drafted by opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. The report, released earlier this year, is ironically titled "The Life of a Galley Slave," in reference to a phrase Putin once used to describe his life as president.

26.1 -- The price in U.S. dollars of a barrel of oil in December 1999 when Putin became Russia's acting president after Boris Yeltsin's resignation.

29 -- The age of Alina Kabayeva, one of Russia’s most successful rhythmic gymnasts, now a State Duma deputy for United Russia. Russian media has reported on widespread -- and unconfirmed -- rumors that Kabayeva is Putin’s mistress.

54 – The age of Lyudmila Putina, Putin’s estranged wife.

58 -- The number of airplanes and helicopters at President Putin's disposal, according to Nemtsov's "Life of a Galley Slave" report.

60 – Putin’s age.

87.9 -- The price in U.S. dollars of a barrel of oil on the eve of Putin's 60th birthday.

140 -- The number of characters used in an impromptu Twitter flash mob last year to mark Putin’s 59th birthday, in which the opposition popularized the "Thank Putin for That" hashtag (#CпасибоПутинуЗаЭто). It was followed by a stream of ironic jibes at the president.

1600 -- The time on October 7 that the opposition plans to announce the winner of the most "creative" birthday present for the president. The voting will take place via Facebook on a page called "Let's Help An Old Man Retire." It is being organized by Rosagit, a group affiliated with anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny.

2002 -- The year Putin received for his birthday a dog that could bark "Vova" -- the diminutive and affectionate form of his first name, Vladimir.

2,370 -- Russia's average monthly salary in rubles when Putin came to power.

4,230 -- The number of days that Putin will still be in the Kremlin if he successfully serves two more terms, until May 7, 2024. He would be 72 years old.

20,702 -- The average Russian salary in rubles in 2011, according to Rosstat.

120,000 -- Putin’s official salary in dollars.

722,000 -- The number of people in jail in Russia in 2012.

1.06 million – The number of people in jail when Putin came to power.

141.9 million -- Russia's current population. Russia has been in the grips of a demographic crisis spurred by its low male life expectancy and low birth rate, although there is evidence that Russia is beginning to reverse these trends.

146.3 million – The Russian population when Putin came to power.

260 billion -- Russia's GDP in U.S. dollars when Putin first came to power.

1.86 trillion – Russia’s GDP in U.S. dollars in 2011.
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Comment Sorting
by: Coga from: Canada
October 06, 2012 13:21
This article is nothing but sheer propaganda and an extremely lame attempt at being subtle.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
October 06, 2012 16:24
I mean, Coga, is it your first time here? ALL the articles published on this web-site are nothing but cheap US propaganda, and very frankly I don't know where you saw an "attempt at being subtle". I think that the guys don't even try :-)).
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by: Marko from: USA
October 06, 2012 17:46
Fair enough I thought. Showed some of Putin's achievements even though the coverage of him here is generally very negative...

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
October 08, 2012 05:23
Let me something add Sirs...
On the orders of Putin created unprecedented espionage network worldwide.
FSB pays people a lot of money and they steal technological secrets of their Western laboratories..
Massive use of prostitutes for placing them in the bed of Western diplomats and scholars.
Еlimination of undesirable persons with radioactive substances..
Abolition ofl fair elections in Russia, terror against opposition,illegal arrests..

Retraction of Turkey into the war in order to save the sadistic Assad
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
October 08, 2012 12:01
You`re only right,my st.georgian lion,Putanin is worse than Koba,Zviad Ghamsakhurdia and Aakashviladze,combined.What Georgia needs is a new,bigger and better Soviet Union to be part of.But where is good old Shervanadze,shame on him!!!

by: American Troll
October 08, 2012 06:50
"although there is evidence that Russia is beginning to reverse these [demographic] trends"


And once again I ask: Is this backed by anything besides Rosstat? Anything at all? Levada polls? Computer models? A Magic 8 Ball? Because the accuracy gradient goes as follows: Wikipedia, Apple Maps, bathroom graffiti, Dianetics, and Rosstat.

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