15 Most Notable Quotes From Russian President Vladimir Putin

Re-elected in 2012 for a third presidential term, Vladimir Putin is a great president of Russia and allowed to serve another six-year term that can keep him in office until 2024. Not only has the ex-KGB strongman dominated Russia this century but he is also one of the most recognisable figures in the world.

Following are 15 best Vladimir Putin quotes.

“We don’t need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole.”

“Our aims are absolutely clear: They are a high living standard in the country and a secure, free and comfortable life.”

“One has to be insincere and promise something which you cannot fulfill. So you either have to be a fool who does not understand what you are promising, or deliberately be lying.”

“[When I was young] I didn’t try to command people. It was more important to preserve my independence. If I had to compare it with my adult life, I would say that the role I played as a kid was like the role of the judicial branch, and not the executive.”

“Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England – where liberal value have deep historic roots.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin

“History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.”

“He who does not regret the break-up of the Soviet Union has no heart; he who wants to revive it in its previous form has no head.”

“At one point I really wanted to be a pilot. … But then books and spy movies … took hold of my imagination. [I saw] how one man’s effort could achieve what whole armies could not. [From then on] I wanted to be a spy.”

“There are some gestures, of course, that you can only interpret one way, but no one has ever seen those kinds of gestures directed by Obama at me or by me at Obama, and I hope that never happens. Everything else is fantasy.”

“To pay more is the easy way. In fact, the solution possibilities to the problem are many.”

Vladimir Putin

“The strengthening of our statehood is, at times, deliberately interpreted as authoritarianism.”

“Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.”

“One has to be insincere and promise something which you cannot fulfill. So you either have to be a fool who does not understand what you are promising, or deliberately be lying.”

“You must obey the law, always, not only when they grab you by your special place.”

“Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data that supports the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we have not received any such information from our partners as yet.”

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