Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a Russian politician and a former officer of the KGB.
Putin rises late in the morning, taking breakfast around noon.
He usually tucks into a large omelet or a big bowl of porridge, with some quail eggs and fruit juice on the side.
Newsweek reports that the ingredients are “dispatched regularly from the farmland estates of the Patriarch Kirill, Russia’s religious leader.”
Once he’s finished his meal, he drinks coffee.
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’s thinking done,” Judah wrote.
After he’s done swimming laps, Putin lifts weights in the gym.
The 65-year-old has been keen to cultivate an athletic, masculine image over the years.
In 2015, he was photographed exercising with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. As Esquire reported, his workout outfit cost $3,200.
Putin is conservative with his sartorial choices, preferring bespoke suits and “dour” Valentino ties, according to Judah.
The state-run website Russia Beyond the Headlines reports that Putin’s favorite clothing brands are Kiton and Brioni.
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.
These include reports on domestic intelligence and foreign affairs, as well as clips from the Russian press and the international media.
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.
Once in a while, an adviser will show Putin a satirical online video mocking him and his government.
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.
The Russian president is a night owl and often stays up quite late working. He’s at his sharpest at night, writes 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.
Putin also never accepts food from a host that hasn’t been cleared by the Kremlin first.
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.
However, the Newsweek article reported that when Putin travels, he “cannot be served milk products.”
According to reports, Putin abstains from alcohol, except for during formal receptions. Projecting the image of teetotalism also may be a political move.
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.
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.
Nonetheless, Russian officials close to the president stress that “his life is not that of a Christian,” according to Newsweek.
Every few weeks, Putin’s schedule clears to make room for one of his favorite pastimes: ice hockey.
The Russian president doesn’t just observe the sport. He plays in a league, squaring off against teams of bodyguards.
As USA Today reported, Putin’s opponents and teammates alike tend to give him quite a bit of space during the games.
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.
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.
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.
Putin prefers to work late at night. According to Judah, he gets the most done in “the cold hours where everything is clearer.”