Vladimir Putin quotes
Quotes by and about Vladimir Putin
(Continued from his main entry on the site.)
Putin: "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."
Putin: "[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."
Sergei Roldugin: "[When Putin was young] he was terrible at making conversation. ... He is a Cicero now, compared to back then."
Michael A. McFaul: "Putin is adept at short-term tactical responses to setbacks, but less talented at long-term strategy."
Ben Shapiro: "Putin ... is a character out of fiction, an uber-macho former Soviet thug running a massive, expansionist kleptocracy. The man stages photographs riding horses barechested and hunting tigers. His enemies find themselves on the wrong end of radioactive poisoning."
Anna Politkovskaya: "If you want to go on working as a journalist [in Russia], it's total servility to Putin. Otherwise it can be death."