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Vladimir Putin served as president of Russia from 2000 to 2008, and was re-elected to the presidency in 2012. He previously served as Russia's prime minister.
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In December 2012, Putin signed into a law a ban on the U.S. adoption of Russian children. According to Putin, the legislation—taking effect on January 1, 2013—aims to make it easier for Russians to adopt native orphans. The adoption ban has spurred international controversy, reportedly leaving nearly 50 Russian children—who were in the final phases of adoption with U.S. citizens at the time that Putin signed the law—in legal limbo.
An Orthodox Christian, Putin is open about his faith. He is married and has two daughters, Yekaterina and Maria.
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