Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who plans to return to the Kremlin as President for a new six-year term in 2012, on Friday turned 59.
According to his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin has a busy working schedule on Friday but "the prime minister will definitely mark the holiday with the family in the evening."
Putin usually celebrates his birthday away from the limelight among his old friends and family. Putin and his wife Lyudmila have two daughters - Maria and Katerina.
"The Putins usually celebrate all family holidays together. They are an ordinary and normal family," Peskov was quoted as saying by a news agency.