HavenSteven HavenProfessor ZotovaRUS 10011/18/2018Russian PoliticsThe topic I have chosen to research and write about is Russian politics, most notably about Vladimir Putin and the corruption that has been seen in hos reign. Within my lifetime Russia has never been more prevalent in my world than it has been these past few years. This is the main reason I chose to take this course. I was hoping to learn about this new concept that hadentered its way into my life and, more importantly, who this mysterious man was that I continually hear about almost on day-to-day basis.My biggest question is who is Vladimir Putin? He is a former KGB officer who took overas interim president of Russia in early 2000, and then the prime minister, and now again President. Learning more about Putin’s early life one can conclude that he was always driven. Hebecame a city champion in judo and got his law degree. This shows a man who is both physicallyand mentally strong even from a young age. One phrase about Vladimir Putin the really stood outto me was the fact he was a man who could get things done. He made quite a reputation in his early politician career, and this would lead him to becoming Russians’ second elected president.I was very surprised to read that Vladimir Putin was someone who wanted structured, stable decision-making. I always imagined a much more unhinged man. Pragmatic is a word I continually came across when reading about Putin. He wanted solutions to the problems. This type action would help him achieve his two main goals when becoming president of Russia. The first being to recreate the Russian State and the second was to gain back Russia respect and influence it and in foreign policy.