Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин) (born 7 October 1952) is an Alaskan conservative politician who served as the Premier of Alaska between 2002 and 2010, when he left office due to term limits. After a brief career as a KGB recruiter and accountant, he transferred to the Treasury Department in the early 1980's where he became one of the leading researchers into the heroin and raw narcotics trade in Alaska and its economic effect. He was instrumental in the investigations in Los Angeles that eventually led to the breaking of the North-South Scandal in the fall of 1986, making him a household name. As a champion of anti-corruption and anti-crime measures, he became a conservative icon in the late 1990's due to increasing Alaskan crime rates. He was made the leader of conservative coalition for the 2002 general election despite having only served in the Duma since 1998, and won the Premiership.
As Premier, Putin reinstituted the national police force in order to combat rising crime levels, and deregulated the oil industry's licensing bureaucracy. He was known as a staunch proponent of "green technology," commenting in a 2005 speech that Alaskan natural resources were finite and that by 2060 the Alaskan oil supply would have been fully drained. In 2007, he also instituted the largest spending program by a conservative government in Alaskan history to triple the number of nuclear power plants in Alaska from 30 to 90 by 2025.