Vladimir Putin Daily Routine

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and a former officer of the KGB.

Putin rises late in the morning, taking breakfast around noon.

Putin breakfast tea toast Russian President Vladimir and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Source: Newsweek

He usually tucks into a large omelet or a big bowl of porridge, with some quail eggs and fruit juice on the side.

quail's eggs

Source: Newsweek

Newsweek reports that the ingredients are “dispatched regularly from the farmland estates of the Patriarch Kirill, Russia’s religious leader.”

Vladimir Putin Patriarch Kirill

Source: Newsweek

Once he’s finished his meal, he drinks coffee.

Vladimir Putin Coffee drinking

Next, it’s time to exercise. Newsweek reported that Putin spends about two hours swimming. While he’s in the water, Putin often “gets much of Russia‚Äôs thinking done,” Judah wrote.

Vladimir Putin swimming

After he’s done swimming laps, Putin lifts weights in the gym.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

The 65-year-old has been keen to cultivate an athletic, masculine image over the years.

Vladimir Putin gun

Source: BBCEsquire

In 2015, he was photographed exercising with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. As Esquire reported, his workout outfit cost $3,200.

gym exercise Russian President Vladimir Putin Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

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Putin is conservative with his sartorial choices, preferring bespoke suits and “dour” Valentino ties, according to Judah.

Vladimir Putin rain umbrella plane

Source: Newsweek

The state-run website Russia Beyond the Headlines reports that Putin’s favorite clothing brands are Kiton and Brioni.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

The Russian president usually doesn’t get to work until the early afternoon. First, Putin typically sits down at his desk to read briefing notes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks up from his desk as he works in his study at the presidential resilience of Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow

These include reports on domestic intelligence and foreign affairs, as well as clips from the Russian press and the international media.

Vladimir Putin reading papers

Source: Newsweek

Beyond work, the Russian president isn’t much of a reader, although he did indulge in at least one pulpy action novel in 2006, according to Newsweek.

Vladimir Putin

Source: Newsweek

Once in a while, an adviser will show Putin a satirical online video mocking him and his government.

Vladimir Putin computer

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Otherwise, he abstains from most technology at work, preferring “red folders with paper documents, and fixed-line Soviet War-era telephones” to computers, as Newsweek reported.

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin 

Source: Newsweek

The Russian president is a night owl and often stays up quite late working. He’s at his sharpest at night, writes Newsweek.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Security Council Novo-Ogaryovo

Source: Newsweek

While traveling abroad, the Russian president’s schedule tightens even more. Wherever he stays, everything from sheets to toiletries to fruit bowls is replaced.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration. 

Source: Newsweek

Putin also never accepts food from a host that hasn’t been cleared by the Kremlin first.

Vladimir Putin eating food picnic Russia

Source: Newsweek

The Telegraph previously reported that Putin’s favorite food is pistachio ice cream. He also gifted his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a tub of ice cream during last year’s G20 summit.

Vladimir Putin eating ice cream

Sources: The TelegraphBusiness Insider

However, the Newsweek article reported that when Putin travels, he “cannot be served milk products.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday. 

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According to reports, Putin abstains from alcohol, except for during formal receptions. Projecting the image of teetotalism also may be a political move.

Vladimir Putin champagne drinking alcohol

Source: Politico

According to Politico, the Russian president may be taking a symbolic stand amid Russia’s alcoholism epidemic and contrasting himself with his predecessor Boris Yeltsin.

Vladimir Putin toast champagne

Source: Politico

His work schedule tends to be more flexible over the weekend, to accommodate Putin’s English language classes. On Sunday, he sometimes prays and makes confession.

vladimir putin Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill

Source: Newsweek

Nonetheless, Russian officials close to the president stress that “his life is not that of a Christian,” according to Newsweek.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle during a visit to St. Sergius of Radonezh Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo 24 kilometers (15 mi) south from Saint Petersburg on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. 

Source: Newsweek

Every few weeks, Putin’s schedule clears to make room for one of his favorite pastimes: ice hockey.

Vladimir Putin ice hockey skating

Source: Newsweek

The Russian president doesn’t just observe the sport. He plays in a league, squaring off against teams of bodyguards.

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A visitor takes picture of the painting of Russian president Vladimir Putin as an ice hockey player, part of the “SUPERPUTIN” exhibition at the UMAM museum in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. 

Source: Newsweek

As USA Today reported, Putin’s opponents and teammates alike tend to give him quite a bit of space during the games.

Vladimir Putin Russia ice hockey sport falling down

Source: USA Today

Putin also loves animals. He owns a black Labrador named Konni, an Akita Inu named Yume, and a Karakachan Dog named Buffy.

Vladimir Putin dogs snow pets

Source: Newsweek

Yume sparked an incident in 2016, when she trotted into an interview and barked at visiting Japanese journalists. Putin responded by giving the Akita a treat and showing off some of her tricks, according to CNN.

Vladimir Putin dog tricks Yume

Source: CNN

Newsweek reports that Putin likes to stick close to home. He hates commuting to Moscow, even though it only takes about 25 minutes, and seems to prefer his Novo-Ogaryovo complex on the Black Sea to the Kremlin.

Vladimir Putin waving

Source: Newsweek

Putin prefers to work late at night. According to Judah, he gets the most done in “the cold hours where everything is clearer.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin 


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