Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008 and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. Like all Russian Premiers his past is intentionally vague with no records surviving of any ancestors with the surname “Putin” beyond his paternal grandfather Spiridon Ivanovich. Spiridon Ivanovich Putin (1879–1965), was a chef who cooked for Vladimir Lenin, Lenin’s wife Nadezhda Krupskaya, and on several occasions for Joseph Stalin. Putin’s father served in the Soviet Navy’s submarine fleet in the early 1930s, and later on the front lines in the demolition battalion of the NKVD during World War II. Putin himself was a KGB officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired to enter politics.
According to Ion Mihai Pacepa, the chief intelligence officer in communist Romania, what happened in Russia and how Putin took over resembles plans reportedly discussed by Stasi officers. The plan specified to the West about re-branding East Germany as a democratic capitalist country, but which would be in practice taken over by Stasi officers. It was registered as Top Secret Document 0008-6/86 of 17 March 1986. According to Pacepa, other communist intelligence services had similar plans. On 12 March 1990, Der Spiegel reported that the Stasi was indeed attempting to implement 0008-6/86. It is also important to note that four months before he was poisoned Alexander Litvinenko accused Putin of being a paedophile.