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• Vladimir Putin — who is expected to win his fourth presidential term in Russia’s upcoming spring election — sticks to a standard daily schedule.
• As president of Russia, Putin has overseen the country’s slide back into authoritarianism, according to the Economist’s Democracy Index.
• Putin’s daily routine reportedly features a late start, a morning press briefing, and lots of exercise.
Vladimir Putin loves badly behaved dogs and a breakfast of quail eggs.
That’s according to a 2014 profile of Putin by Newsweek’s Ben Judah, who spent three years researching the foreign leader for his book, “Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell in and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin.”
The Russian president has also been a fixture in global news lately due to — among other things — the ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, tensions around Syria, and the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Britain.
The former KGB agent served as Russia’s prime minister from 1999 to 2000 and from 2008 to 2012. From 2000 to 2008 and 2012 to the present day, he has held the office of the presidency. While some have praised Putin’s partial reversal of Russia’s economic fortunes, his tenure has sent the country sliding back into authoritarianism, according to the Economist’s Democracy Index.
Putin is currently slated to win Russia’s upcoming spring presidential election.
Take a look at a day in the life of Vladimir Putin:
Putin rises late in the morning, taking breakfast around noon. He usually tucks into a large omelette or a big bowl of porridge, with some quail eggs and fruit juice on the side. Newsweek reports that the ingredients are “dispatched regularly from the farmland estates of the Patriarch Kirill, Russia’s religious leader.”
Once he’s finished his meal, he drinks coffee.
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Next, it’s time to exercise. Newsweek reported that Putin spends about two hours swimming. While he’s in the water, Putin often “gets much of Russia’s thinking done,” Judah writes.
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