VLADIMIR’S EMPIRE: A Look At Back At Putin’s Rise To Power

As Russia now looks set for another lengthy period of rule from Vladimir Putin, it’s worth a look at where the man came from.

Putin’s back story certainly isn’t dull. He’s the former KGB agent, the judo champion and the man who thought it was appropriate to fly a fighter jet into a war zone as an election stunt. He’s been seen by more people with his top off than your average adult film star.

Since we’re sure to see plenty of Putin in the long-term future, we’ve decided it’s time to have a look back at how he climbed to the top in post-Soviet Russia and how he’s managed to stay there.

Putin: The Early Years

Vladimir Putin was born in 1952 in what was then Leningrad and what is now St. Petersburg.

It has been said that the young Putin was something of terror while at elementary school. Reports from teachers and fellow students suggest that the future Russian leader talked in class, didn’t do his math homework and, on one occasion, threw a chalkboard eraser at another student.

He also got into repeated fights with his gym teacher, perhaps paving the way for his later judo fame.

And, what’s more, he bared a striking resemblance to a young Tom Riddle, who, as we all know, went on to become the most feared dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort. 

Vladimir The Student

Putin attended Leningrad State University where he studied law. He graduated in 1975 and later pursued a PhD in economics.

He would return to the university in 1990 when he became an assistant to the rector. He was in charge of international affairs.

The KGB Years

Putin spent over 15 years in the KGB as a mid-level agent.

He was stationed in East Germany, and would eventually rise to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

The exact nature of what Putin was doing with the KGB is not completely clear but it is believed he was charged with stealing NATO secrets and Western technology. It is also known that he was trying to recruit people with “wireless communication” skills.

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See Also:

* Russia Stops Buying Kalashnikov Rifles, But Doesn’t Have The Heart To Tell Their Inventor
* BOOKS, BANKS AND BENEFACTORS: How Tony Blair Became The Richest Ex-Prime Minister Ever
* Libya Send Mixed Messages In Reply To Scottish Lockerbie RequestAs Russia now looks set for another lengthy period of rule from Vladimir Putin, it’s worth a look at where the man came from.

Putin’s back story certainly isn’t dull. He’s the former KGB agent, the judo champion and the man who thought it was appropriate to fly a fighter jet into a war zone as an election stunt. He’s been seen by more people with his top off than your average adult film star.

Since we’re sure to see plenty of Putin in the long-term future, we’ve decided it’s time to have a look back at how he climbed to the top in post-Soviet Russia and how he’s managed to stay there.

Putin: The Early Years

Vladimir Putin was born in 1952 in what was then Leningrad and what is now St. Petersburg.

It has been said that the young Putin was something of terror while at elementary school. Reports from teachers and fellow students suggest that the future Russian leader talked in class, didn’t do his math homework and, on one occasion, threw a chalkboard eraser at another student.

He also got into repeated fights with his gym teacher, perhaps paving the way for his later judo fame.

And, what’s more, he bared a striking resemblance to a young Tom Riddle, who, as we all know, went on to become the most feared dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort. 

Vladimir The Student

Putin attended Leningrad State University where he studied law. He graduated in 1975 and later pursued a PhD in economics.

He would return to the university in 1990 when he became an assistant to the rector. He was in charge of international affairs.

The KGB Years

Putin spent over 15 years in the KGB as a mid-level agent.

He was stationed in East Germany, and would eventually rise to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

The exact nature of what Putin was doing with the KGB is not completely clear but it is believed he was charged with stealing NATO secrets and Western technology. It is also known that he was trying to recruit people with “wireless communication” skills.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Please follow Europe on Twitter and Facebook.

See Also:

* Russia Stops Buying Kalashnikov Rifles, But Doesn’t Have The Heart To Tell Their Inventor
* BOOKS, BANKS AND BENEFACTORS: How Tony Blair Became The Richest Ex-Prime Minister Ever
* Libya Send Mixed Messages In Reply To Scottish Lockerbie Request

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