2019 is coming to an end, which also means the end of the 20th year of Putin’s rule in Russia, where he was first elected president in 2000. At this point, the Kremlin released a special set of videos and atlases, including a video of Putin swimming with dolphins in Cuba more than a decade ago, attracting much russian media attention.
Originaltitle: To mark the 20th anniversary of Putin’s rule, the Kremlin released a rare video of Putin swimming with dolphins during his visit to Cuba
(In 2000, Putin swam with dolphins in Cuba.) Pictured from the official website of the Palace of Kuk)
Back in 2000, Putin, who had just taken office as Russian president, was on an official visit to Cuba. In this context, the Palace said in response to the image and related video, “At the invitation of Fidel Castro, President of the Cuban Council of State and Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Putin and (ex-wife) Lyudmila went to the world-famous resort of Varadero, 150 km from Havana.”
(Screenshot of k-Gong’s official website)
(Pictured from the official website of the Palace of Kuk)
As can be seen in the video, Putin appears to enjoy the arrangement, and has used his hands to grab the dolphins’ fins on the left and right side and move forward with them. The two dolphins were also very friendly, kissing Putin from time to time and interacting closely with him.
Russia’s satellite news agency described the video as saying that Putin was swimming with a pair of friendly dolphins that had never been seen before.
Born on 7 October 1952 in Leningrad (present-day St. Petersburg), Putin graduated from the Faculty of Law of Leningrad University in 1975 with an associate doctorate in economics. He worked for the Soviet National Security Agency, including in the GDR from 1985 to 1990. After returning to China in 1990, Putin served as Assistant to the President of Leningrad University, Adviser to the Mayor of St. Petersburg, and First Deputy Mayor. From 1996 to 1999, Putin held important positions in the Russian Federal Administration for Presidential Affairs, the Office of the President and the Russian Federal Security Council.
On December 31, 1999, then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation and Putin became acting president. He was elected President of Russia in March of the following year and re-elected in March 2004. He became Prime Minister in May 2008. He was re-elected in March 2012, re-elected in March 2018 and sworn in on 7 May.