Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia October 3, 2017. (Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS)
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Vladimir Putin, who announced Wednesday he would stand in elections that could extend his rule to 2024, has stamped his total authority on Russia, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow's lost might abroad.Putin fulfilled a childhood dream by joining the KGB intelligence service, posted from 1985-1990 to Dresden in then-East Germany, when Soviet power was crumbling.His political rise began after he returned to work at St. Petersburg city hall under his mentor, liberal mayor Anatoly Sobchak.By 1996, he was called to Moscow to work in the Kremlin under Russia's first democratically elected President Boris Yeltsin, who in 1998 made little-known Putin head of the KGB's successor, the FSB.When Yeltsin sensationally resigned on New Year's Eve 1999, Putin suddenly took over as president of the biggest country on earth.After Donald Trump's shock election win, U.S. intelligence accused Putin of ordering a hacking and influence campaign to get Trump to the White House.
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