Vladimir Putin's Height
5ft 6 ½ (168.9 cm)
The President of Russia. A newspaper once reported that there was criteria for the height of people in official photos with him, and that they shouldn't be taller. Shockingly, the newspaper said with a straight face "Vladimir is believed to be between 5ft 2" and 5ft 5"
RIA Novosti archive, image #100306 / Sergey Subbotin / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Average Guess (152 Votes)
5ft 6.03in (167.7cm)
Mambo said on 23/May/19
@Rob So would his entire head be 10.5 inches woth the hair making it 11.5 inches?
said on 21/May/19
Rob, is 6ft8 possible for the guy next to Putin? And what would his headsize be?
His head is potentially 10.5 inches, although he has at least 1 inch worth of spiky hair at his crown. I would say close to 6ft 7-8 is possible for him.
said on 25/Apr/19
Rob,Any opinion for Yanukovich?A strong 6'1 imo
Funny how he's listed at 6'4 and even has a 6'6 240 Lbs description both of which are laughable.I see 6.5" maybe 6.75"difference max.Click Here
6ft 1 range looks a helluva lot more believable than 6ft 4!
Ganesh S said on 11/Apr/19
Please add mr Narendra Modi, honourable Primeminister of India, Looks around 5'6" - 5'7" mark
Arkady Raevsky said on 9/Apr/19
He's a short-*ss. Ridiculous to suggest he breaks 5ft 5. I wouldn't be surprised if he's more like 5ft2. And it blows me away that Rob is denying the evidence that he wears lifts. There are thousands of videos and photos online showing him wearing heels. Look for any video of him meeting Merkel that shows their feet and it's plain as day that Putin's heels equal or exceed Merkels, and that he's still only barely as tall as her.
Kimblemur said on 23/Mar/19
cmillzz said on 19/Mar/19
I’d be surprised if he measured over 5’6...
Peter175 said on 19/Mar/19
He's not 5'7.
5'6-5'6.5. Wears modest shoes and stands around tall people
said on 7/Mar/19Click Here
In this good pic with 174cm Christine Lagarde (Google giving 183 lol),Poroshenko looks maybe 1-1.25"taller so 2-2.25" when counting footwear.5'11 is quite believable but no more.
I really wonder how they came to the conclusion Lagarde was 183 since she certainly didn't claim such height and never looked close to it even in heels.Seems like power gives few inches more after all?A good reason to embrace a political career.Just think that Macron became 177 after having been listed 173 for so long.Maybe Rob might end listed at 177 who knows?
said on 6/Mar/19
Are you gonna list Michail Dmitrijewitsch Prochorow to this site? He's listed between 6'8 and 6'9?
Him next to Putin:
I'm not so sure I would add him.
said on 6/Mar/19Click Here
I wonder where this 180 figure was taken from but Poroshenko can generally look anywhere from 180 to 183.
One thing is sure though Lukashenko is nowhere near 188Click Here
Erdogan is 183 then he's more likely only 181.
said on 20/Jan/19
Look again at this link. He has thick heeled shoes, BUT he also has huge lifts in his shoes. Look at how much his leg curves. He is at least getting 4 inches out of his shoes. Now, look at the photo you provided. Putin’s knees are even higher than the guy on the left from him, who is much taller than him. Pay close attention to his pants, they are unnaturally curved, you can clearly see, where his feet are, and they are at least 4in off the ground.
said on 17/Jan/19
lol at 5'4-5
Kadyrov is listed at 174 and generally looks it (at worst maybe 5'8 flat with Ronaldinho).
Again this listing is quite fair and you can make a case for 168 if he wears thick-heeled shoes like 3,5cm
said on 9/Jan/19
I am saying this for years, even when you met him first time, he was most likely in small type of lifts. I noticed he was wearing small elevators even back in his younger days, stacking something in his shoes. You can clearly see bigger than normal heel and unnatural curvature of the foot and tibias length. He had this insecurity even when he was working as a security for Sobchak. He definitely is not 5’6. 5’4-5’5 range seems more reasonable for him.
Diplomat said on 3/Jan/19
The dude wears serious lifts. How do I know? I've met him in person, in my job as a diplomat. In early fall 1999, couple of weeks after Putin became PM for the first time, I accompanied my ambassador to an appointment with Putin. Putin met us at the door of his office and ushered my ambassador in beside him. I followed immediately behind Putin. Same process at the end of the meeting.
I am not even 5 foot 10 myself, yet I was looking pretty much straight down onto the top of his head. I distinctly remember thinking at the time how short he was. I've had long-term girlfriends who are in the 5ft5 to 5ft7 range and so I am very confident in asserting that he was shorter than them. I would be very surprised if he broke the 5ft4 mark. (I'm forced to vote for 5 foot 4.5 as that is the lowest option, but he's shorter than that).
This was before he got a PR team that took charge of his image. Probably the first thing they suggested to him was that he should start wearing lifts because Russian men are overtly judged by their physical attributes.
Ninio said on 29/Dec/18
Shy from 5 7
said on 29/Dec/18
Putin is one of the most height aware leader and public person in the world. The topic of his height is prohibited and I have never seen him discussing it publicly. All of his bodyguards are shorter than him, even his cook is shorter than him. Medvedev, his friend and successor is a bit taller than him and seems to have the same height awareness. He was ridiculed for his small stature and lifts, but in reality he is a couple of inches taller than Putin. Putin himself is nowhere near 5’6 and 5’7. He is somewhere in the range of 5’4-5’5. First of all he is consistent lifts wearer. All of his shoes have double heel. One is external and one is internal. Those small type of elevators add 2”-2.5” to his height (so he appears 1”-1.5” inch taller). Those are usually used when he is needed to sit down after he walks with other politicians. Second kind of his lifts are megalifts. I am including proof, those are screenshots from actual video, you can find it online. You can see that they add considerable amount of height. I would believe they can add 4 inch of legit height. I never seen him stand taller than 171cm in his lifts, so I believe he is no more than 5’5. Like with every consistent lift wearer, it’s really hard to determine real height, but I am sure it’s nowhere near the official claim.
First photo “mega-megalifts”. Those add at least 4”. You can clearly see where his leg curves and where his knee is.
Second photo with Medvedev. He clearly has elevators, you can see the bulge in the back of the heel. I would say those add 2.5”. You can see he is clearly shorter than Medvedev. Bad photo for judging height, but good photo to show that he is consistent with lifts.
Third photo, mega lifts again.
said on 23/Nov/18
Hello Rob. What height your thing is Enrique Peña Nieto? He's Listed On The Internet 5ft 7 and I don't know if Putin wears special shoes on heels, but in photos of them Putin looks taller than him.
Putin seems like he's a bit taller. I think you could rule out 5ft 7 for Enrique.
Tunman said on 22/Nov/18
That's why we can't rule out the possibility of him being only 5'6 or 168.And Al-Sissi must be more of a 169.The 166 just doesn't make sense.As to Medvedev,well he seemed to edge Sarkozy who looks more 5'6-6.5"in lifts.In many pics Medvedev looked a solid 5'7 but then in others only 5'6 and certainly no less than that.Maybe is he also wearing lifts at times?
said on 19/Nov/18
Hello, Rob. Putin definitely wears special shoes on heels. You can check this out.
Copy my Google search request "Путин на каблуках" (which is translated as "Putin on heels") and you'll see tons of photos of Putin wearing heels on public events.
Putin is somewhere between 5'5" and 5'6".
he sometimes has worn thicker heels than your normal shoe, probably near 1.4 inch.
Karlan said on 19/Nov/18
By the way, Google gives out the height of Dmitry Medvedev as 162 cm, which is absurd. It is almost the same height as Putin.
said on 5/Nov/18
Rob Click Here
For some reason Al Sissi is listed at 166 and they look very similar or maybe Al Sissi edges him by 0.5cm at the very most.
Either Putin needs a serious downgrade or Al Sissi needs a serious upgrade
Canson said on 4/Nov/18
Gob901 said on 30/Sep/18
In fact, Putin is not 5'6 or even 5'7. If you look, you will see that
Putin wears a very high heel. Without shoes, he is 5'1.
Jarkko said on 26/Sep/18
No he's definitely not 5'7". He's struggling with 5'6" or 167 cm.
da said on 14/Aug/18
Next to conor McGregor he look no more than 5 ft 5 either conor listing is wrong or putin
khaled taban said on 23/Jul/18
said on 18/Jul/18
With Donald Trump and Sauli Niinistö (reportedly 177 cm), President of Finland, and their First Ladies (vid and pics) Click Here
I put this on Vlad's page, since I thought he might look a bit taller than listed here, if barely
Andrea said on 12/Jul/18
Actually, Berlusconi once proudly claimed to be taller than Putin, at 171...
said on 11/Jul/18
Putin with Berlusconi (165 cm): Click Here
said on 23/Jun/18
In the pictures of Mourinho and Putin it looks less than 7 cm
Does Putin wear lifts?
He has looked similar range most of the time, so I'm not sure he would wear them.
said on 15/Jun/18
Looks over 2 inches taller than maradona in that vid. Whenever Putin is with a 5'4.5 -5'5 guy and we can see footwear he always looks a decent amount taller, 5'6.5 - 5'7 for him
Makes me laugh that people are trying to downgrade by comparing Putin and Macron when Macron is a confirmed lift wearer and Putin is not
I think the confirmed elevator shoe wearers are Macron and Kim Jong Un.
Putin I've never seen any evidence he'd wear them.
187.5 cm said on 11/Jun/18
Tunman said on 11/Jun/18
Are you russian?If so,be careful,it's not so wise to speak of Putin like this,lol.
Seriously Angela Merkel is like 5'4.5 these days and must be around 5'5.5-6 in her shoes.He looks generally 1.5"taller so in the strong 5'7-7.5"in shoes,but he's not always wearing heels.He can really be only 5'6 I agree but his highest heels are maybe 1.5"max like with Lukashenko.Obviously saying he's not short doesn't make sense,but most people look beyond his height.
Any idea about Lukashenko,Dodon,Poroshenko,Sakhachvili?I read quite a lot (especially on Ukraine and Moldova,though not always on politics).In my opinion
Lukashenko 5'11 maybe 5'11.5"max no way 188 (6'2)
Dodon around a solid 5'11
Poroshenko 5'11.5" in fact could look anywhere from 5'11-6" nowhere near 185
Sakhachvili maybe 6'2.25 or 6'2.5" at least next to Obama,nowhere near 195
Tunman said on 11/Jun/18
Prokhorov can be 199 if Garnett is truly 211 and Pierce 198 (which I believe).Also seems a strong foot over 5'6-6.5"Putin.Can't see 6'8-9 though.Still in the exceptional range.
said on 9/Jun/18
Putin is barely 5'6 to be honest. Not even close to 5'7. Why? Next to Macron, he is small, and macron is like 5'8. If you want to compare someone who is 5'7 next to Macron here it is: Click Here
Next to Putin, look: Click Here
Andrei Malenkov said on 31/May/18
I really don't understand why there is so much controversy around this page. Putin is not a tall man. He's not even average. He's short. He's very short. Claiming he is 5'7 is ridiculous. If he was 5'7 he would be clearly much taller than Angela Merkel, who is 5ft 5 in. But he's not. People say ah but Merkel wears heels. Well so does Putin - and in fact if anything Merkel tends to wear flatter shoes than Putin does. His shoes are clearly lifts - viewed from the side there is a very pronounced angle on the top of the shoe, just as you see with high heels.
This site loses serious credibility in pretending Putin is anything other than significantly below average height.
mande2013 said on 30/May/18
Doesn't look like a full three inches between Putin and Maradona especially since the latter is standing terribly. I would still argue a solid two-inch difference.
said on 20/May/18
Somehow the average guess has gone down to 5'6....
Hes an interesting video that mind change your mind
If were assuming Maradona is 5'4 1/2 then standing next to Putin , Putin looks a good 2 or even 3 inches taller than him
said on 6/May/18
Putin 170cm . Hello from Russia, Rob )
Putin would probably take 170cm from anybody...on the Internet I think many give him only 165 or 168cm max.
said on 5/May/18
Look at this, Pierce standing next to Prokhorov. Click Here Click Here
They look about the same height to me (6'6), maybe the russian could even have a slight edge.
said on 4/May/18
Hey Rob. How tall would you guess this russian billionare? Next to Jay-Z Click Here
hand shake with Putin Click Here
next to Putin Click Here Click Here
Also a video with Stephen Colbert! Click Here
Look also at the difference between their shoe sizes!
Looks in 6ft 7 range
said on 27/Apr/18Click Here
Rob, you should take this image and put a height chart next to it like ive seen with some of your other images - the guy hes with is reported to be 6'8 or 6'9 how much difference do you see between them?
Either way , id give putin a weak 5'7
hanoder said on 24/Apr/18
Far off. kinda disappointed with your listing on this one... search Dmitry Medvedev(Russian PM) and Putin, this should show you his true height ( and Dmitry Medvedev is 162 cm, 1.6.2.(that's the given height, can't imgaine his true height) no shoes could ever help somone that short).
Harry said on 24/Apr/18
Joemanner I agree 100%. I was at Madame Tussaud's in London and was a solid 5ft 7 in the sneakers I was wearing (being near to 5ft 6 barefoot too) and his waxwork was a good 2-3 inches taller. Strangely I was about the same height as the Francois Holland wax-work that was there. In real-life photos both Putin and Hollande appear very equal in size. Therefore I think Putin's waxwork was a bit too tall and maybe the waxwork measurements that were provided were altered to make him taller. I blame the Russians! 😉
said on 17/Apr/18
at this point i don't know what to believe anymore. I just visited madame trousseau wax museum, i am 5'6" or 167cm, at the time i was wearing a pair of sneakers so i was 5'7" or 171cm. I swear to god i was as tall as his eyes. His wax sculpture has gotta be at least 5'10" or 5'11". and his head is abnormally huge!!! From what i saw, his suit shoes had no heel at all. maybe 2cm at most. and not just Putin sculpture but others as well. All the height just doesn't add up. I'm not sure whether to trust madame trousseau measurement or not.
Putin could have easily logged into Tussaud's database and changed a few figures 🤔
But don't quote me on that!
Hunter said on 8/Apr/18
5ft 6.5 seems correct
Anonim 167 cm at night said on 8/Apr/18
It is not as short as many people say about it. 165-168 cm - its real growth, + elevator shoes. Many say that its height is supposedly 155-160 cm, but you need to be a magician to look at all the photos at 5,6 feet. The height of people who call him a dwarf is in most cases not much higher than Putin himself. And it looks ridiculous.
haxxx said on 7/Apr/18
Always thought he was the height of Lionel Messi and Martin Luther King
Lkk said on 26/Mar/18
5ft 6 ¾
Dercos said on 24/Mar/18
even said on 20/Mar/18
5 feet 6 inches , maybe a little more
Tunman said on 18/Mar/18
Most people saying 5'2-3 are not objective,just doing so because they despise him.Not to bring political discussion for long,let's simply say that the dude has his good and bad sides and that like every human being he achieves success as well as he commits mistakes.In the pic with Malkin I think he looks 5'6.5" at the very worst 5'6.25".Overall I think it's possible to argue 5'6 flat for him at times but no less really.
BilboBaggins12 said on 16/Mar/18
Laughing at some of the suggestions here that Putin is as little as 5'2" or 5' 3"! Bull****. Rob's height estimate of 5' 6.5" for him is accurate. BTW, I've noticed Putin doesn't have the best, most 'upright' posture; so that should be accounted for him sometimes appearing shorter than he is... If anyone has ever seen footage of Putin riding a normal-sized horse, they would have seen his legs hang down a decent distance on the horse's back. He certainly doesn't look like a 5' 3" Dudley Moore-esque, dwarf-of-a-man atop a horse. 168.9cm is right for Putin.
Jonathon said on 14/Mar/18
Interviews were Putin is sitting down and his pant leg rises up his ankle is never high so he's not a lift wearer in these cases. He also edges out the 5'5 guys by a couple inch. I'd say this is bang on 5'6.5 now 5'7 peak.
Peter Hoss said on 19/Feb/18
That means he really 5’3” 🤦♂️😂😂
Anja said on 4/Feb/18
He is about 160 cm.
By the way, average men's height in USSR was 165 cm. My father is about 172 and he can't fit into jet fighter!
Letorgi said on 4/Jan/18
andre said on 2/Jan/18
ALEXANDRE ALVES BR said on 31/Dec/17
I think he was 5'7 at his peak and now at age 65 he fell for it ..
von Kass said on 29/Dec/17
I meet him personally in 1993. He is araund 160cm.
said on 26/Dec/17
Check Al Roker's page here on celebheights to see him next to Trump. Here is a pic of Putin with Trump. Roker and Putin look the same height next to Trump, so this is a good listing.
Bobby said on 26/Dec/17
I am surprised that many conservative Americans love Putin. Americans like their president to be tall. There are even studies, that say they prefer to vote for the taller candidate. In the last presidential election some Republican candidates like Rubio and Rand Paul were mocked for their height.
said on 16/Dec/17
This is 6'3" hockey player Evgeni Malkin
Hard to believe Putin is anywhere over 5'5" here.
MAD SAM said on 15/Dec/17
Really famous Russian leader lol and very smart as well I’ll give him 5’6”
James said on 8/Dec/17
Where is the evidence Putin is highly intelligent? He has never won an election that wasn't rigged.
john blahuta said on 27/Nov/17
Putin is 1.m 695 cm, so 169,5 ck which is for all intents and purposes just a shade under 5'7". But his intelligence by far outweighs his physical height....opposite to Donald Duck...
Yerp said on 19/Nov/17
Emmanuel Macron is probably like 5'7-5'8 so I put him around 5'4-5'5.
ArtemKukharchuk said on 11/Nov/17
said on 17/Sep/17
If you compare him to Angela Merkel the german chancellor who is a legit 5'5 he sometimes appears to be equal height, sometimes an inch taller.
If you assume he wears small lifts, he probably is just 5'5 and i would say an absolute max is 5'6
MJKoP said on 1/Sep/17
He can look a very strong 5'7" at minimum, if not more....but it's probably due to lifts. I see him as someone very high on the list of footwear-enhancement candidates. I wonder what he himself would claim?
said on 31/Aug/17
Rob, please take a look at this picture with Angela Merkel and Wladimir Putin.
Merkel is listed as 5'5 and Putin is similar to her. So he is 5'5 MAX. What do you think, does he wears lifts?
Editor Rob: he seems like he'd edge her out, she has at least half inch thicker hair than putin's flat style, but I don't know if they are in equal heels.
MJKoP said on 31/Aug/17
Comrade Anosov said on 14/Aug/17
Vladimir Putin stand high at nearly 180 cm. I as raised born American who enjoy game of ballbase and burgers know this is true.
Vlad, any comment on the alleged Russian hackings?
Comrade Anosov said on 14/Aug/17
Vladimir Putin stand high at nearly 180 cm. I as raised born American who enjoy game of ballbase and burgers know this is true.
Nugzar said on 28/Jul/17
He is 168-170
160cm said on 17/Jul/17
I saw him on a meeting, he had 2 inch on me
Alexander Christoff said on 16/Jul/17
I stood beside Putin in 2000. He is 5 foot 3 at best. He is well known in Moscow to wear industrial-strength elevator shoes. It's amazing how persistent the Putin fan-boys are in fighting facts, as if their country's greatness depends on people believing Putin is a few inches taller than God made him.
RisingForce said on 14/Jul/17
169 cm seems about right. I remember being struck at the height difference every time I saw him with Obama. He really seemed short, but it makes sense he's not THAT short. If he weren't Vladimir Putin, he wouldn't stand out for his lack of height. Funny how many Russian leaders fail to even reach 5'7" if you include Soviet leaders as Stalin, Lenin and Khrushchev all around 5'5", Medvedev around that range and then other than Andropov and Yeltsin as the only tall ones post-1917, you have Brezhnev, Gorbachev and Chernenko as relatively tall compared to the others at 5'7"-5'8" range.
andre said on 14/Jul/17
he looks like 166cm to 168cm barefoot
said on 12/Jul/17Click Here
The guy on the right is famous Russian rapper who stands at 5'7"
Here's next to Fedor who is at least 180cm, and I know that it is not the best shot to judge height precisely, but at least it gives you some idea. Putin is taller than you might think, he is nowhere near 5'2" or 5'3", and if anything, I think that he needs to be upgraded to 5'7" flat, or at least as a peak height.
Spencer said on 12/Jul/17
He seems taller cause of how self confident he is, but he doesn't really look anything over 5'6.
said on 5/Jul/17
What's the max he could pull off?
Editor Rob: in some photos that benefit him, he could pull off 5ft 7, but overall he probably just looks like a 5ft 6 man in many photos.
F. said on 4/Jul/17
"Vladimir is believed to be between 5ft 2" and 5ft 5".
5'2 or 5'3 seems about right, 5'7 or 5'8 what some people say is ridiculous i am that height and im sure im way taller than midget putin...
RisingForce said on 29/Jun/17
Why would it be on purpose? Rob has a Stalin page so he wouldn't avoid an Assad page. If someone here doesn't have a page, chances are it's because Rob hasn't gotten around to it, or he doesn't think they're significant enough. But infamous figures are included as well.
Giorgi said on 27/Jun/17
Rob, I googled Assad's height and and celebheights has no page for him. Is it on purpose?
Rick said on 17/Jun/17
He was 5'5.96 last time I saw him.
Hans Meiser said on 17/Jun/17
5'6.5, but his self-confidence makes him 7 foot.
Dingus said on 16/Jun/17
When it comes to unelected leaders I believe Saddam Hussein was on the taller side.
Dimon said on 7/Jun/17
5'6 at the very least, probably more like 5'7 -5'71/2
said on 29/May/17
@ Rob what do you think the height of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines?
Editor Rob: Duterte can look a big 5ft 5 man, for some reason he gives me a bit of a taller impression than he really looks to be...
Mike247worldwide said on 29/May/17
Like me Vlady Daddy is 5'6"". Like I always say, "Tall for a short man."
said on 29/May/17Click Here
Rob, how tall does Macron look here with Putin? around 5'7?
Editor Rob: he looks at least an inch taller, I wouldn't argue he was as short as 5ft 7 though.
Jordan said on 25/May/17
looks 7 inches shorter than 6'1" Barack Obama to me, so unless there is a footwear difference i would say he is bang on 5'6".
Peter175 said on 16/May/17
I still think this is too much.
With Obama there's near a full head difference. I cant see it being less than 7 inches range
BillisaLefty said on 16/May/17
With Obama he looks 68 or 67. Also I'm guessing he's wearing some lifts, considering his sensitivity about his height. So if his lifts give him an additional inch or so, that would place him pretty squarely at 167 or 168.
Jug said on 14/May/17
About 5'4 or 5'5. Medvedev is about the same height. 5'6 is too tall for Putin.
Tunman said on 14/May/17
Assad seems a good 6'2 in reliable pics with Putin,basically the latter reaches exactly his mouth with both standing tall,probably a good 7.5"difference assuming Assad's head is between 9.25 and 9.5".He was listed at both 188 and 189.The lowest arguable would be 6'1.5" (6'2.5" in shoes?)if Putin was only 5'6 flat.I still think 188 is the best guess.
James said on 12/May/17
Putin is 5'5".
said on 10/May/17
5'6.5" range for Putin
How tall would you say Bashar and Asma Al-Assad are here?
Phil said on 7/May/17
He is 6 foot 3 in Russia.
berta said on 4/May/17
really dont know but my guess is that aboslute lowest for him is 167 and tallest possible is almost 170. i would say this listing is fine but could be more chanse of him being only 168
6'1-6'1.5 Guy said on 1/May/17
In real world, 166-167 cm.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Apr/17
Yes, I always thought 5 ft 6 range fitted better than 5'7, good call.
Boomga said on 7/Apr/17
I always thought he was tall because of his slender body and how he carries himself
Rick said on 6/Apr/17
At 6'2 we can add Bashir Al Assad to the list of tall unelected dictators too.
Strange how average height dictators seem to be a minority.
I guess Hitler would have been roughly average at the time of his rule.
Ironically enough so would have Napoleon.
Any guesses on Joseph Broz Tito's height?
In pictures with JFK he looked at least 4 inches shorter so I'd say a strong 5'7. I'm assuming that would have put him below the Yugoslavian average at the time.
said on 3/Apr/17
lol @ that bad photo, Johnson. You can not be serious.
If straightened up to his full height, Barack could practically rest his chin on top of Putin's head.
said on 1/Apr/17
He looks over 5'7 with 186 Obama
Phil said on 24/Mar/17
Putin is 6 foot 3. Ask the KGB.
John said on 22/Mar/17
said on 18/Mar/17
Rob, could he be as low as 5'5.25?
Unsubbed, unliked, thumbed down, blacklisted, downvoted, downgraded, blocked, lifts revoked and reported to the KGB for having the gall to suggest Putin was a strong 5ft 5! 😡
josh jeffords said on 15/Mar/17
Yeah he is short shorter than jcvd this could be peak, he is NOT 5 2.
Castro was said to be over 6 ft.. but yeah dictators are often short "note he lacks the bad mustache"
Actually most of the russians I know are shorter than me and im 5 8.
said on 12/Mar/17
Here with Erdogan (183cm)
mande2013 said on 2/Mar/17
Chairman Mao was also on the tall side.
mande2013 said on 2/Mar/17
@James It seems most "Napoleonic" personalities tend to either be short or are ironically enough, well above average height: Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Erdogan, Trump, all quite tall.
maptnh said on 18/Feb/17
Ramualdo said on 18/Feb/17
James said on 16/Feb/17
Why are most unelected dictators so short?
Ice said on 14/Feb/17
169 cm now ? Rob , thats pretty brave of you 😂
Sharona said on 9/Feb/17
trump thinks he is the "biggest" "smartest" man in the room. I use a small "t" when referring to him because us is little.. little man. As far as being "smartest" - must be a low bar he uses.........
Vladimir said on 2/Feb/17
Someone I know who is 5'5" met him in person. He said Putin was about an inch taller in similar footwear. I'd say 5'6"-5'6.25".
said on 24/Jan/17
Rob, how likely is 5ft5 range?
Editor Rob: Rampage, it just seems highly unlikely.
said on 23/Jan/17
Dafuq, Rob can speak Russian? 😲
Editor Rob: I am a Scot by Day, and Russian agent by night 🤔 😼 🤝 💼
said on 12/Jan/17
What size would his head be, Rob?
Editor Rob: not that big, maybe roughly 9 inch
Bou said on 1/Jan/17
I dunno. He looks quite short in every picture from every angle. A true 5'6" with strong footwear.
said on 30/Dec/16
Rob, how tall is the Turkish president Erdogan? Here's a picture of him and Putin Click Here
Editor Rob: Erdogan can look a comfortable six footer.
andre said on 29/Dec/16
5ft5.5 looks legit barefoot at night
said on 18/Dec/16
Rob what do you think of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte? He's near at President Vladimir Putin height. Thanks
Editor Rob: big Rodrigo looks around 5ft 6...but he's older than Putin and looks like a man who was taller 20 years ago.
James said on 17/Dec/16
Putin is 5'6". Like most unelected dictators he is a short man.
said on 16/Dec/16
5'10.5". Maybe a bit more out of bed. Good, solid height.
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said on 13/Dec/16
Dictators tend to be little people, if not always physically, at least mentally. Just ask "rediculous" Trump, who by the way wears shoe lifts.
Editor Rob: Trump is actually a bit of a heightist.
Loves to call people little as an insult.
So for me, he gives a short impression, about five foot in my mind.
said on 29/Nov/16
What do you think of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan?I think, Mr. Erdogan is near 6 feet 1, Rob?
Editor Rob: Puma, I'm not so familiar with him, but he could be near 6ft 1 yes.
qbert said on 24/Nov/16
so is he 5'6.25 now?
RON NELSON said on 18/Nov/16
5'6 more like 10 feet tall credit to Putin annexing the USA into Russian union with election d. trump
said on 17/Nov/16
Rob how tall is the president of Finland Sauli Niinistí¶? He's listed at 177 cm on Google. How accurate is that? Here's him with Putin Click Here Click Here
Editor Rob: Finn, it seems reasonable to say he is over 5ft 9, near 10.
Powerhouse said on 17/Nov/16
I agree with this downgrade, i've been saying he was a 5'6.5 guy for a long time.
SammySmith said on 16/Nov/16
He's that short??? I never knew.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 16/Nov/16
Arch Stanton said on 15/Nov/16
Seems a good shout.
Peter175 said on 15/Nov/16
I was quite certain Putin never saw 5ft7 in his life except in the morning but 5ft6.5 is absolutely correct. Oddly enough though, Google Putin young and you'll see plenty of black and white photos where he looks completely of medium-average height. Which I suspect could be attributed to younger people being taller (so he appears shorter relative to the gen population) or he shrunk from his earlier days. either way, putin is a 5ft6-7 guy, not a 5ft7-8 guy
Pitch_Fork said on 14/Nov/16
Hell yeah, downgrade!
said on 13/Nov/16
He definitely needs a downgrade! The consensus is he's about 5'6.2"...I'd downgrade him to 5'6.5" really.
Editor Rob: 5ft 6.5 is probably a quite realistic figure for him, although whether he has lost half inch or not is debatable.
I'd think a fit and robust guy like Putin wouldn't have shrunk much at all.
John Dafoe said on 12/Nov/16
Putin is 5'6'". I am 5'5" and was stood right next to him. He was an inch taller than me. I had normal formal footwear on, and his looked normal too.
VeryShortRussianDude said on 12/Nov/16
I'm not going as low as some are going, but I have no doubt Putin is shorter 5'7 today, and maybe even at peak could have been.
he can look anywhere from 5'6 - 5'6.5 at absolute most.
I would say 5'6.25 is the fairest estimate today, 5'6.5 could be argued but it's the most I would argue today.
heelshealheight said on 2/Nov/16
Putin is noticeably shorter than Tsipras (Alexis Tsipras is 5ft6max-shoes included) and also a bit shorter than Merkel (claimed to be 5ft4-5ft5). I agree with the above-mentioned 5ft2 newspaper claim, though.. (ok, I'll be 'charitable' and add an inch or two..;-)))
Peter175 said on 24/Oct/16
I'd say 169 is perfect for putin
Flyin said on 22/Oct/16
With a little more weight on now could he have dropped half an inch?. Looks slightly less rangey now.
Ellie said on 22/Oct/16
I'm only 5'3, so most men are taller than me and I don't see why it's such an issue for so many people. Putin seems incredibly intelligent and runs a nation. Who cares how talk he is?
Damian said on 11/Oct/16
Don't be ridiculous, people. 170 cm is not THAT bad.
mr march said on 1/Oct/16
real height i think or less..
Max said on 30/Sep/16
Yep, short man
Chuck said on 31/Jul/16
That explains a lot!
Jason said on 28/Jul/16
Go to Russian high school and see yourself. I have no obligation to explain it. The average of Russians are 177, this is for whole country. But many schools/colleges have higher standard,
andre said on 8/Jun/16
5ft5.5 is his height rob
truth said on 3/Jun/16
@Jason Highly doubt that bro, average for Russia was measured 177 cm or about 5'10 for young white Russians just recently a few years back. This kind of height trolling really does piss me off.
Finn said on 22/Mar/16
Seems to be 5'5" even with shortish finnish President Niinistö witch is 5'7 - 5'8. You can see when he uses lifts and is almost as tall as Niinistö. Last time now he was noticeable shorter again.
Jug said on 12/Mar/16
I think closer to 5'4, maybe 5'5. No way 5'7, come on.
5ft 9.25 said on 9/Mar/16
5ft 5 and a "big" elevator fan. That sentence made me smile :)
1.90 cm guyyy
said on 27/Feb/16
How tall is Turkish president erdoğan Click Here
Editor Rob: could look 5ft 11 there.
Jason said on 6/Feb/16
@CoCo If you are only 5'11.5, and the average young Russian male is 5'10. I don't think you are" pretty much much above the average"
Jason said on 6/Feb/16
@hamsgawd You should know that most younger generation tend to be taller than old ones in most countries all of the world, not only Russia and China.
Jason said on 6/Feb/16
@CoCo, Depend on different group. I have a Russian friend graduated high school last year, He is 182 cm without shoes, but he was the third shortest guy in his class at school. There were 25 male students in it.
Jason said on 6/Feb/16
I have been Russia two years ago, very beautiful place.Russia is the biggest country. Not anyone is giant, but there are a ton of Russian guys are quite tall (Like 193+). Of course, there are many short people. Every country has short people.
grizz said on 1/Feb/16
Why people have a disfigured perception of tall and short men?
For tall men, like The Rock, people constantly put his at 6'4 or 6'5 mark, even though he's nothing more than a solid 6'2 guy.
For short men, like Putin or Cruise, they constantly put them at 5'4 or 5'5, even though they are 5'7-5'8.
CoCo said on 12/Jan/16
Well, I`m 5`11.5 17 years old Russian guy and feel pretty much much above the average, which is like 5`10 among the youngsters here, and about 5`9 for older generation. Also, you`re right, there are many people above 6`3 here as I see them on a daily basis, but 6`7? It`s not that uncommon, but still, you can meet random man with this height in the street as well. Overall, I don`t think about my country as tall, but very average, like many other european countries
MD said on 12/Jan/16
That's why we do things by averages. The averages don't show Russia to be a particularly tall country.
centerguy said on 9/Jan/16
Like someone mentioned in the post, Russia is huge country, which has many tall people and short people. As far as I know, Russians are tall people, there are many guys are over 190 cm+, 2 meter is not uncommon height there. Of course, there are also many short people around 160 cm live in the country.
said on 7/Dec/15
Putin is a weird one. He has a built of a 5ft7-5ft8 man and Dmitry Medvedev has a built of a 5ft4-5ft5 man. While in training gear they look similar in height. We know that both are using lifts/thick shoes in formal events. I doubt that Vladimir is taller than 5ft5-5ft6. He could have been 5ft6-5ft7 in his youth.
In this training pic Dmitry looks taller than Vladimir, but he is wearing Nike Airmax and has a better posture.
said on 4/Dec/15
Rob,how tall is the Egyptian president Al-sissi?I thought a solid 5'8 maybe 5'8.5?
Editor Rob: I doubt he's as tall as 5ft 8
Jame said on 30/Nov/15
Assas's height is 6 ft 2.5 inc
Rozhan said on 29/Nov/15
Why are ppl saying that he is SOOO SHORT... He isn't that short omg chill
ShortRussianDude said on 24/Nov/15
I can't See 5'5 myself he looks pretty much the exact same height as the Indian PM Their would be a fraction in it at most the Indian PM Looked 1 inch shorter than mark zuckerberg meaning that Vladimir is still a legit 5'6 - 5'6.5.
Rob could you really see Vlad being under 5'6 in your opinion ?
heelshealheight said on 24/Nov/15
Both are very short men with an extremely 'tall' Net Worth each. Needless to say about their power and influence..
Powerhouse said on 24/Nov/15
The most powerful leader in the world right now in my opinion and one of the richest men in the world, he has a presence of a big man. Even when next to world leaders 6'1+ he is clearly getting towered but he still has much more presence by the way he carries himself.
Finn said on 24/Nov/15
Rifle I would say Indian PM is a hair taller. Putin strong 5'5".
said on 16/Nov/15
Who is taller, Putin or the Indian PM in this pic?
Andred said on 21/Oct/15
Beside Obama, he looks exactly as my 5'6 girlfriend beside me (I'm 6'2.25). 5'5.
george ward said on 20/Oct/15
Putin and Medvedev are both around 5'3" tall. When both of them are not wearing shoe or heel lifts, Medvedev is slightly taller.
said on 9/Oct/15
How tall do you think Assad of Syria is in this pic with Putin (Photo from 2009)
[Editor Rob: he could look 6ft 2-3 range]
said on 29/Sep/15
Obama could nearly rest his chin on the top of Putin's head:
Obama's even leaning and has an angle disadvantage in these shots. This is not the difference between 6'1" and 5'7".
[Editor Rob: he can look at most 5ft 6.5 today, at 60 it's possible he's lost a fraction.]
Elevator shoes said on 4/Sep/15
Putin was just excersise with Medvedev both using jogging shoes ( most likely without elevation). Putin looked shorter on pics than medvedev. So he is max 165cm, even 162cm is possible.
said on 30/Aug/15Click Here
Vladimir is looking shorter than medvedev here I am still not going inside the realms of craziness with 5 ft 3 but don't you think somewhere around 5 ft 6 might be possible rob ? maybe 5 ft 7 peak possibly ?
Also vlad does a bit of Judo could being thrown on your back make you lose a bit of height or would is it inconsequential
[Editor Rob: he can look about 5ft 6.5 range now, it is possible at 62 to have dropped a fraction.]
ShortRussianDude said on 18/Aug/15
LOL Come on Artur estimations and opinions are fine but 5 ft 2 - 5 ft 3 is just Laughable ! his on the short side yes but not even remotely THAT Short.
5 ft 6 - 5 ft 7 168cm - 170cm
could be anywhere in that range IMO
Artur said on 15/Aug/15
Back in 1999 when he was Prime Minister for the first time, I stood very close to him. I'm 5 foot 9 and I looked down at the top of his head without difficulty. He's no more than 5 foot 3, and more like my sister's height, about 5 foot 2. Since he became president (again, the first time) his image has been built up by the Russian press, which is why so many Russians here can't believe he's less than about 9 feet tall. But he is a shorty.
M said on 12/Aug/15
The same height like Sarkozy 1.65m :)
MD said on 28/Jul/15
Wow, those are some ridiculous shoes. lol
said on 25/Jul/15Click Here
Medvedev and his elevators. Sly is jealous.
Finn said on 2/Jul/15
Putin looked like 5'5" and a half (166cm) with president Sauli Niinistö.
mande2013 you shoould come to finland and say 5'7 is pushing average in here, well no way :)
mande2013 said on 1/Jul/15
Well let's settle it:
Putin-5'6 (don't think he's 5'7 but 5'5 may be too low)
mande2013 said on 29/Jun/15
Why is 5'7 considered a 'short' height if so many legit 5'7-ers have a knack for giving the impression of pushing average rather than being 'short dudes'?
said on 3/Jun/15
Rob, how tall is Sarkozy? He is the more insecure guy with his height I have ever seen!
MD said on 1/Jun/15
Were he as tall as Putin, you sure as heck better believe he'd have been listed taller than he is, even in friendly local press.
said on 27/May/15
5 ft 3 is Absurd he is 5 ft 6 - 5ft 7 anything below or above that i think is Highly Unlikely.
also question rob looking at pictures with medvedev putin looks around the same height in almost all of them so i am taking the 5 ft 4 listing is not accurate ? more around 5 ft 6 for medvedev maybe ?
[Editor Rob: you only have to look at putin with guys like obama/cameron. I think some media would like him to be 5ft 5-6 range. I'm sure medvedev is a bit taller than guys like berlusconi and sarkozy]
MD said on 26/May/15
How in the world is he still listed at a barefoot 5'7"?! At this height, he could pull off looking average or just below in the right footwear. This guy ALWAYS looks easily below average.
M said on 25/May/15
A. Merkel is taller then Putin and Sarkozy :), I would say Putin is strong 5'5" and Merkel is 5'6".
diavolo said on 10/May/15
He looked 5'5" next to 5'7" Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian prime minister. Orbán is often ridiculed because of his height, and yet he was taller than Putin.
Jim said on 10/May/15
Forget his height...what's his shoe size? That's more likely the root of his insecurity.
Ramzan K said on 30/Apr/15
Putin is about 5 foot 3. I have stood near him. I'm 5 foot 9 and I looked down at the top of his head without difficulty. Anyone who claims he is 5 foot 7 is either really bad at judging height or (more likely) a Kremlin shill trying to make up for VVP's deficient height.
diavolo said on 28/Apr/15
Putin is 5'6" maximum. Possibly a tad shorter. He looks this height next to everyone he ever posed with.
Viktor said on 16/Mar/15
Brad: I suspect he wear lifts sometimes.
Brad said on 1/Mar/15
I'd put him at 5' 8" after this week.
said on 22/Feb/15
valuv and putin Click Here
Steve said on 11/Feb/15
Putin was a good five inches shorter than George W. Bush. If Bush is truly 5'11" then Putin is 5'6".
Finn said on 16/Dec/14
I think he can use some lifts sometimes?
Lizardman said on 17/Oct/14
170 is a joke guys. Putin is max 165 as you can see when you compare him to short Medvedev who's like 162. Putin wears lifts and with those he barely reaches his 170.
Lebensdorf said on 15/Oct/14
About 5'6 I think at the most. Not 5'7 standing next to Obama.
Tim 181 said on 1/Oct/14
I think he is a weak 5'7
Micke said on 19/Aug/14
Rob is there a chance he might be more 5'6.5"? I mean he's known to wear lifts and he's 61 years old
avi said on 18/Aug/14
Guys he's not a legit 5'7 . 5'6 flat is better
Look at him next to Bush solid 5 inches and Bush is possibly 5'10.5
Billy said on 9/Aug/14
John86 said on 2/Aug/14
Looks my height, (5'7.25" evening height) and it's nice to see someone of our size making it to the top, regardless of his character.
fsd said on 28/Jul/14
hes 5'5 ft 5'7 is a joke
Growtallerguru said on 27/Jul/14
Definitely 5'6" to 5'7" maybe wears thick shoes. Fact: he hand picked short workers to stand behind him onstage at a speech to make himself look taller
afkam99 said on 3/Jul/14
he is quite short. he might be 5'6 but he is really very charismatic leader
Iron255 said on 2/Jul/14
@Adianio Obviously someone's going to round a bit when comparing human height to whale length ...
JAJ said on 19/Jun/14
People doesn't shrink in the 40's bull****. Maybe after 50's or after 60's it starts to show.
Yeah said on 7/Jun/14
This is a little bit confusing: Putin looks 5'5" to 5'6" with 6'1" Barack Obama. Then He looks about same height as Medvedev who can't be as short as 5'4". Putin also looks same height with Francois Hollande who is listed 5'7". Hollande still looks a bit shorter than 5'7".
Makes me wonder is Obama full 6'1"? Maybe a hair shorter? Or then he's not always standing straight..
Adianio said on 4/Jun/14
Iron255,they did mention about adult male height in the USA claiming 6'0 comparing to an adult 80 foot whale.I mean't for the younger age people from 20-35 because people shrink in the 40's.
Naima said on 23/May/14
He 5'7 maybe 5'7.5!!!It many times compared with Russian celebrities at various Russian sites and that is exactly) I'm sorry for the mistakes)Medvedev- 168 cm not 163 it's lie
milo said on 22/May/14
5'5" the most
Vitaly said on 22/May/14
Ok, Dmitry Medvedev is definitely 5 ft 5 MAX but nothing over that. I'm sure of this.
Putin looks two inches taller which would make him as listed here (5ft 7)
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/14
@rob, I'm not sure. In some photos Medvedev can look a few inches taller than at other times, I think he might be a lift wearer. In some photos he looks as tall if not a bit taller than Putin but in others he looks noticeably shorter. Still I think 5 ft 4 is exaggerated, but 5 ft 5 range is possible if he wears lifts.
Ulysses 5'9 said on 21/May/14
Putin is a classic case of little man syndrome.
said on 29/Apr/14
I can't be 100% sure, but I don't think it was just unfriendly media that had him (Medvedev) listed as being 5'4", I think it was also some domestic media. I guess I'd have to see him lined up with other worlds leaders, but I do not think he is 5'6".
[Editor Rob: I think once a height is out there in some outlets, it can just get copied. He is taller than someone like berlusconi, who of course exaggarated a bit his own height.]
said on 28/Apr/14
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was routinely listed as being 5'4" by both domestic and international media upon his initiatial rise to power. Do you think Putin is really 3" taller than Medvedev? I see a significantly smaller difference; in fact, I think they look about the same. And I think Putin's height is considerably boosted (and in a way Medvedev's never never was, oddly enough).
[Editor Rob: absolutely no way is Dmitry that short.
who is putting out that propaganda :) Send em to Siberia!]
iron255 said on 25/Apr/14
@Adiaino A biology class wouldn't tell you anything on this subject, but a statistics class would. In my statistics course, we've probably analyzed height distributions at least a dozen times now, and the data always pointed to 5'10" as being average male height in america.
RAwr said on 24/Apr/14
Lol the average height won't be 6'0 if you include people of all age ranges since the majority of people aged 65+ are significantly below 6'0. When you talk about 6'0 being the average height you're probably talking about younger generations since the majority of people aged 20-35 probably are around that height
176,2Tunman said on 16/Mar/14
Adiaino,just consider this:In US you have about 66%whites,13%blacks,15%hispanics and around 6%for the rest (Asians,Indians,Arabs...)
Average for Young whites:178,9*66=11807,4 blacks 178*13=2314 Hispanics 170,6*15=2559 and let's suppose 173,5*6=1041 for the rest since they enjoy good life standards.Add the totals and you will have 17721,4/100=177,214 so about 5'9.75.This obviously is an approximation on which I applied mathematics,LOL.You may still argue whether it could be closer to 5'9.5 or 5'10 but 6' is definitely excluded.
Adiaino said on 8/Mar/14
Issuetall,the average height of a male in USA is 6'0,not 5'9.Although you missed by 3 inches so no big deal.
176,2Tunman said on 2/Mar/14
Actually Hollande looks more 5'6 with 6'1 Obama but sometimes he seems dropping a little height,btw he was listed up to 174 on some sites,lol.
Putin looked even shorter than 5'6 with 5'9.5 Depardieu.5'5-6 is more plausible than 5'7 still he can manage to look close to some average persons with good shoes.5'5.5 is perhaps bang on.For sure he's small but I wouldn't call him very small.
Maoe said on 2/Mar/14
He don't seem to tower Medvedev at all who is 5'3 or 5'4. He looks less than 5'7. Maybe Putin was 5'7 in younger days.
Md said on 21/Feb/14
There is no way Hollande is 5'7".
176,2Tunman said on 18/Feb/14
He looked about the same than 5'7 Hollande but had very probably lifts.Hollande is a legit 5'7 since he was a little taller than 164-5 Sarkozy who is known for wearing heels.Question is how much lift advantage Putin had when he met Hollande.5'6 is more likely than 5'7
JAJ said on 12/Feb/14
I give Putin 5'5" to 5'5,5". I've heard that Medvedev would be only 5'4". It also stand in finnish newspapers.
MD said on 4/Feb/14
Upon his ascent to the presidency, Medvedev was routinely called 5'4" in the media, which is the top of the scale for him. Not sure if his height got boosted later, but I distinctly remember in media his height being made known as 5'4".
Alex said on 2/Feb/14
Not even buying 5'6. Check out his pics when standing next to Medvedev who himself is also fairly short. I will give a 5'5 to Putin. Medvedev no taller than 5'6.
PootyPoot said on 22/Jan/14
Before Putin became President, I stood right behind him in a crowd and I easily looked down on the top of his head. I'm 5 foot 8. There is NO way this guy is 5ft 7 - more like 5ft 3, max 5ft 4.
Aja said on 16/Jan/14
Looks a legit 5'7, he always looks taller than the 5'5 - 5'6 guys and when he sits down and his pants raise up his ankle it is always very close to the floor so no lifts. Rob you really should ban the female posters on here who try to gauge others height while wearing heels.
adrian said on 6/Jan/14
If he's saying he's 5'7 then he's very likely 5'5. A 5'9 240lb muscular/cardio guy versus a 6' 170lb fit guy, there's no comparison in likely fighting ability.
Sammie said on 23/Nov/13
met Putin in London, I am 5'7 & had on heels...he was much shorter.. I would say he is maybe 5'6..not taller than that..he is pretty hot though..
Sammie said on 23/Nov/13
Met him at dinner in London no way he is 5'7..more like 5'5.
I am 5'7 & wore heels..I was way taller..he is.kind of hot though..
said on 19/Sep/13
rob dont downgrade him or he will kill you lol
[Editor Rob: I think that would be a bit extreme!
but, best be safe than sorry!]
Chris said on 17/Sep/13
Lol @ Rob: Everyone on this site has a height complex. That's why we're here.
Size Matters said on 13/Sep/13
Speak softly and carry a BIG stick.
Shaw said on 4/Sep/13
Hey my husband was 5'6 and people knew better than mess with him. He was In our Army at 17. At 19 he was airborne with the 82nd . he went into special forces when he was in his thirties. He became a special forces trainer. He could beat Anyones booty, out fight, out run, he could do anything he took his guns apart cleaned them blindfolded himself and put the gun or guns back together. Height doesn't matter attitude and willpower and knowing what you want to do is what matters. Trust me don't duck with him or his for real. He was 5'6 but watch out I miss him he died at 66 on march 12, 2010 if you never met him you miss someone special.
said on 11/Aug/13
What is it with Russians trying to convince others that their people are tall?
"The average height of young Russian men is about 175cm compared to 179cm-180cm among the Central-Europeans" (18-20 years).
biologist said on 2/Jul/13
Height as an adult is strongly correlated to nutrition as a child; yes, of course genetics has a significant role. On the other hand, growing bones need nutrition. If you get it before the growth plates fuse, then you have the opportunity to be taller.
TruthTeller said on 5/Jun/13
Actually the old Russian generation is not that tall, however the new one is extremely tall, for instance I know plenty of 6.9 to 7.4 guys. I myself am 6.7.
hamsgawd said on 8/Apr/13
I think Russians are usually regarded as tall because of the stereotype and the fad of all the Russian models in the fashion industry. I'm sure they have a wide range in height because of the large geography they inhabit. Like someone mentioned China has a wide range of heights too usually with the northern people taller than the southerners. But like Russia the younger generations in China tend to be taller, I think mainly because the generations that came up during the Communist era didn't get that much nutrition or a good standard of living. I don't think America should be a good example to compare with because countries like Russia or China are much more homogenous in ethnic and genetic variety. America is a hodgepodge of different ethnicities. Unless you mean to compare an Asian American's height with an African American or Puerto Rican. Or if you were just being ignorant and considering only 'white Americans' as Americans.
max said on 24/Mar/13
5'6'' is my guess, especially when you look at the pictures with gerhard schröder, former chancellor of germany, who is 5'8''. and putin doesnt seem much taller than medevdev, who is about 5'3 or 4.
said on 24/Feb/13
5'7 seems to be right. I've never or seen the man in person, but know at least two people who have. I saw a photo of him and my grandma (who is 5'5) and he appears about two inches taller. Also, the dean of the Moscow state university (whom I have met, and whose height I estimate to be around 4 inches shorter than mine - 5'6) is about 1 inch shorter than Putin in these photos: