The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin watches aircraft taking part in the International Aviation and Space Show at the once-secret Zhukovsky military airfield on Moscow's outskirts on Aug. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

January 13, 2015

The larger-than-life Russian leader has held power — with one title or another — for 15 years, and is set to reign for at least a decade more. Yet Putin remains inscrutable.

With only a smattering of biographical details released to the public and his sometimes puzzling public appearances, scholars — and even many world leaders — still struggle to understand the man at the helm of the Kremlin.

To glean a clearer picture, FRONTLINE took a closer look at some of the most identifiable aspects of Putin’s public persona.

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Sarah Childress

Sarah Childress, Former Series Senior Editor, FRONTLINE

Chris Amico

Chris Amico, Former Interactive Editor

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