If one has to name the most understated, uncontroversial and composed world ruler of recent times – Russia’s Vladimir Putin will top the list. He has been in power since 1999 and yet there have not been any major controversies linked to him. He has been instrumental in growing Russia’s GDP by a phenomenal 72% with his measured, calculated yet sublimely aggressive attitude. Considering Russia and its unique foreign policies, it is not easy to dig out much of the minute details of Putin’s life and work. Yet there have been certain very surprising and interesting aspects of his life which showcase his confidence, ambition and enormous political intellect. Have a look at the below 12 facts which will blow your mind in admiration.