Russia’s Vladimir Putin starts his second consecutive term as president on Monday. In total, the 65-year old former KGB agent will have served 24.7 years in office until 2024, either as prime minister or president, since he was first installed by former president Boris Yeltsin in August of 1999. He will then be the longest serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin sat in the Kremlin for 26 years, from 1927 to 1953.
Under sitting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the law was changed to extend the presidential term from four to six years, while Medvedev was president from 2008 to 2012. The new legislation conveniently first came into effect, when Putin switched back into the presidential role in 2012.