Much has been written about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Often described as an autocrat, a strong leader, a narcissist, a modern-day czar, a former KGB spy and a judo black belt, Putin needs little introduction. But is there more to the man than meets the eye? What explains the ascent of a little boy born into an atmosphere of hunger and grief in war-torn Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) to the symbol of power in the world's largest country? Read more to find out.
We trace Putin's history from the early years in war-ravaged Leningrad and the fall of the Soviet Union to his journey from the KGB to the Kremlin.