Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 1999 until 2008. He was also the Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012.
Russian voters have approved a new constitution that offers President Vladimir Putin the chance to stay in power until at least 2036 and bans same-sex marriage.
Russia didn’t previously offer same-sex couples access to marriage. But the vote now defines marriage as ‘the union of a man and a woman’ making marriage equality an even more distant prospect.