President of Russia

head of state of the RSFSR (office established in 1991) and Russia

The President of Russia is the political leader of Russia. Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia. Boris Yeltsin was the first president of Russia, Vladimir Putin was second and fourth, and Dmitry Medvedev was the third. His duties are listed in the Russian Constitution.

President of the Russian Federation
Президент Российской Федерации
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Vladimir Putin

since 7 May 2012
Governance of Russia
Executive branch in Russian Politics
StyleMr. President
Comrade Supreme Commander
(among the Military)
His Excellency [1]
(international correspondence)
StatusFederal Head of State
Member ofState Council
Security Council
Supreme Eurasian Economic Council
ResidenceKremlin Senate
Grand Kremlin Palace
SeatMoscow Kremlin, Moscow
NominatorPolitical parties or self-nomination
AppointerDirect popular vote
Term lengthsix years, one consecutive re-election
Constituting instrumentRussian Constitution
PrecursorChairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR
  • Passage of presidency law:
    24 April 1991 [2]
  • Constitutional amendments:
    24 May 1991 [3]
  • First inauguration:
    10 July 1991
(Modern status is defined by the Constitution, adopted on 12 December 1993)
First holderBoris Yeltsin
as first President of the Russian Federation (10 July 1991)
Salary3.6 million rubles annually
Websiteпрезидент.рф (in Russian) (in English)

Inauguration of the President of Russia is done six years after the last inauguration (since 2000, this 7 May).

In case if the President dies, resigns or is removed from office, the Prime Minister serves as acting President until a replacement is appointed.

List of presidentsEdit

Number Image Name Term of office Length of term
1   Boris Yeltsin
July 12, 1991– December 31, 1999
8 years, 174 days
2   Vladimir Putin
(b. 1952)
December 31, 1999– May 7, 2008 8 years, 128 days
3   Dmitry Medvedev
(b. 1965)
May 7, 2008– May 7, 2012 4 years, 0 days
(2)   Vladimir Putin
(b. 1952)
May 7, 2012–present
(mandate expires on May 7, 2024)
8 years, 127 days

Living former PresidentsEdit

As of 11 September 2020, there is only one living former president. The only death of a former president was that of Boris Yeltsin (1991–1999) on April 23, 2007, aged 76.


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