Vladimir Putin celebrates 63rd birthday
Russian President Vladimir Putin turned 63 today. It is his 17th birthday in the highest posts of the country. Putin has consistently ranked among the world's most powerful leaders, constantly coming top in rankings of international surveys.
The Russian president, despite his relative youth, is one of the longest-serving world politicians.
"I want everyone to know that Russia in general and the Russian leadership is something effective and properly functioning. The country itself, its institutions and leaders are represented by healthy, capable people who are ready for cooperation with our partners in every single area: sports, politics, fight against modern threats," the head of state noted.
Today Vladimir Putin will take part in an ice hockey match. "Putin will traditionally play ice hockey with his old friends – famous ice hockey veterans and players of the Night Hockey League which starts its season tomorrow," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.