43 Breathtaking Vladimir Putin Quotes

Vladimir Putin is the current President of the Russian Federation since 2012. He served as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2012. A controversial figure to many in the world, here is a look at some of the most notable Vladimir Putin quotes to give you some new insight into this world leader.

“A lot can be done, but not everyone immediately succeeds in everything.”

“Absolute trust is something hard to achieve even in a family, and it is much harder to achieve on an international level.”

“All civilized countries should unite in the fight against international terrorism.”

“Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted.”

“Democracy cannot be exported to some other place. This must be a product of internal domestic development in a society.”

“Even if we do not always agree on every aspect, nobody should take this as an excuse to declare us as enemies.”


“Everything will probably never be Ok. But we have to try for it.”

“For me the game of love is much like hunting a man on foot with a knife. It’s not over until the blade is clean.”

“Hitler wanted to destroy Russia- everyone needs to remember how that ended.”

“However, it was not us who refused to freeze oil production; our Saudi partners changed their point of view at the last moment and decided to slow down the adoption of this decision.”

“I always had a problem when someone was trying to place sport in social and political context. Sport is a separate and unique kind of human activity, which functions under its own rules and principles.”

“I am the president of 146 million Russians. I have to represent their interests. We are willing to settle this without any conflicts and to search for compromises on the basis of international law.”

“I consider it to be the meaning of my whole life and my obligation to serve my fatherland and our people.”

“I don’t regret anything. I did everything absolutely correctly.”

“I have to say that oil and gas revenues make up a large part of the Russian budget revenue.”

“I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul.”

“I think: the powers like to talk about”freedom” in order to wash the population’s brains.”

“I’d rather not deal with such questions, because anyway it’s like shearing a pig – lots of screams but little wool.”

“If someone wants to open this Pandora’s box and deal with it, all right, go for it then.”

“If you are a Christian, you are in danger. Even if you are an atheist, you are in danger, and if you decide to convert to Islam, this will not save you, either, because traditional Islam is inimical to the conditions and objectives set by the terrorists.”

“I’m convinced that democracy cannot be exported from one country to another, like you cannot expert revolutions, ideology.”

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”

“It is my greatest desire, I want the people in Russia to be happy and I want our partners around the world to seek to develop relations with Russia.”

“It’s better to be hanged for loyalty than be rewarded for betrayal.”

“Maybe they have nothing else to do in America but to talk about me.”

“Nobody should have any illusion about the possibility of gaining military superiority over Russia. We will never allow this to happen.”

“Nobody should pin their hopes on a miracle.”

“People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don’t want to learn it themselves.”

“Russia doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. It destroys them.”

“Russia never lost the Cold War… because it never ended.”

“Russians have different far lofty ambitions; more of a spiritual kind. It’s more about your relationship with God.”

“Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right.”

“The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history.”

“The point is that in any country, including the United States, may be in the United States even more often than in any other country, foreign policy is used for internal political struggle.”

“The transfer of power is always a test of the constitutional system, a test of its strength.”

“There is no such thing as a former KGB man.”

“We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

“We don’t need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole.”

“We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.”

“We will work with any Administration and with any President in whom the American people have placed their trust. That is, of course, if they wish to cooperate with Russia.”

“Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.”

“You can do a lot more with weapons and politeness than just politeness.”

“You must obey the law, always, not only when they grab you by your special place.”

Here is a look at a Charlie Rose interview with Vladimir Putin as they go on to discuss ISIS and gay rights.