Vladimir Putin and Religion
Vladimir Putin's father was an atheist and his mother was an Orthodox Christian, who attended church regularly. She had Vladimir christened as an infant. As an adult, Vladimir re-examined his faith in 1993 after his wife was in a car accident, and again 1996 after his life was threatened by a fire.
Before a trip to Jerusalem his mother gave him a cross pendant, which he still wears. When he told former George W. Bush about the necklace, it caused the president to remark that he had gotten a sense of Putin's soul.
In an interview with Time magazine he was asked if he believed in God. He responded,
"There are things I believe, which should not in my position, at least, be shared with the public at large for everybody's consumption because that would look like self-advertising or a political striptease."