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 ofmore
Aug. 9, 1999 - During an economic crisis, President Yeltsin names little-known security chief Vladimir Putin amore
Dec. 31, 1999 - An ailing Yeltsin resigns and names Putin acting president. REUTERS/Itar Tass
March 26, 2000 - Putin wins his first presidential election. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Aug. 12, 2000 - The Kursk nuclear-powered submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea, killing all 118 crmore
2002 - Chechen militants take more than 800 people hostage at a Moscow theater. Special forces end the siege, more
2003 - Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is arrested and charged with fraud. He is later found guilty and jailedmore
March 2004 - Putin wins second term as president with more than 70 percent of the vote after oil prices fuel amore
September 2004 - Islamist fighters seize more than 1,000 people in a school in Beslan, southern Russia, triggemore
December 2004 - Putin scraps direct elections for regional governors, effectively making them Kremlin appointemore
2005 - Putin describes the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of themore
2006 - Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya (pictured), a critic of rights abuses in Chechnya, is murdemore
2007 - Putin gives a speech in Munich in which he lashes out at the United States, accusing Washington of the more
May 2008 - Constitutional limits on him serving more than two consecutive presidential terms see Putin become more
August 2008 - Russia fights and wins a short war with Georgia. Tbilisi loses control over two breakaway regionmore
2012 - Putin returns to the presidency, winning re-election with over 60% of the vote after a decision to extemore
Feb. 7-23, 2014 - Russia hosts the winter Olympic games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. REUTERS/Mikhail Klmore
Feb. 27, 2014 - Russian forces start annexing Ukraine's Crimea region after Ukrainian protesters oust their comore
April 2014 - A pro-Russian separatist revolt breaks out in eastern Ukraine which results in a conflict, still more
Sept. 30, 2015 - Russia launches air strikes in Syria in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turnmore
November 2016 - Donald Trump is elected president of the United States after promising to improve battered tiemore
March 4, 2018 - A former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter are poisoned in England with a nerve agmore
March 19, 2018 - Putin wins a landslide re-election victory and a mandate to stay in office until 2024. Yuri more
June/July 2018 - Russia hosts the men's soccer FIFA World Cup. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
July 2019 - Protests break out in Moscow over a municipal election which the anti-Kremlin opposition says is umore
December 2019 - Putin boasts of his country's lead in hypersonic weapons and says other countries are trying tmore
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