Putin — President Putin — Vladimir Putin — Putin is the president of Russia. Putin photo — vlad putin — While Western media and politicians despise the Russian president, he is actually quite popular in Russia. The key to his popularity is the fact that he transformed the country from the state of decay into a prospering country. While this transition was not an easy one and many mistakes were made, Putin was able to deliver on his promises and improve Russian economy, legal system and what may come to as a surprise for most, the political system. Putin is one of the most influential leaders today.