Russia: Putin the Historian

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Museum of Contemporary History in Moscow after a meeting with young historians and history teachers in November 2014. According to a number of biographical accounts, history was Putin’s favorite subject in school, and he appears to retain a keen interest in history right up to the present day. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

According to a number of biographical accounts, history was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite subject in school, and he appears to retain a keen interest in history right up to the present day.
 

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Igor Torbakov is Senior Fellow at Uppsala University and at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden.

Russia: Putin the Historian

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