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The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, Still Uses Windows XP

Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP nearly six years ago and back in 2014, Microsoft warned that without support, Windows XP could be a potential security risk. With security being such a big part of any government, it is very strange to see the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, still using Windows XP like its 2002.

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In the image above spotted by Russian news outlet OpenMedia (with credit to as this is a press shot), you can see Vladimir Putin using the outdated OS in the Kremlin and apparently, he is also using it at his residence.

So why is the President of Russia using Windows XP, which we’ve all probably reinstalled over 20 times and got rid of many years ago? Well, there’s actually a good reason, according to a report. You see, Russian government officials shouldn’t really use foreign software, but Windows XP was the last OS certified to use in the government.

This means there aren’t a lot of alternatives to use, but the government does plan to roll out the Russian Astra Linux OS to government officials with a goal of 80% by the end of 2019. That’s not too far off but it is strange that the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is still using Windows XP while other government officials might already be using the Russian Astra Linux OS.

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What do you think about Putin still using this very outdated and possibly insecure OS from Microsoft? Let us know in the comment section below and share some of your experiences using the OS with us. We know you have some!


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