Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is serving a six year term as President of Russia since he was elected in 2012. He topped the 2013 Forbes list of most powerful people in the world.
Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008. He was Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. For 16 years Putin served as an officer in the secret service, KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. . From 1985 to 1990, the KGB stationed Putin in Dresden, East Germany, returning to Russia then and entering politics in his native Saint Petersburg in 1991.
Russians face cuts to social programs including healthcare. Under newly announced reforms, Russian authorities plan to close hospitals and lay off up to 30,000 medical staff nationwide. And that, reports Charles Maynes from Moscow, is creating additional headaches for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia's health care system has been in chaos for some time. President Vladimir Putin made reforms a priority for his third term - but now the country is facing drastic austerity measures. The number of people who can count on state-guaranteed medical care is declining. Meanwhile, those who can't afford to wait months must seek private treatment.