Putin’s class teacher in his school days was exasperated by the student, who described her as “sneaky and disorganized” and a child who “would definitely cause trouble.”
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A former classmate of Vladimir Putin says he “could get into a fight with anyone” – and although he wasn’t the strongest in his class, he would get “frenzy” and fight to the end.
Viktor Borisenko went to school with the Russian President in Leningrad’s Dzerzhinsky District in the 1960s.
Viktor said that when a fight broke out, Putin was the first to intervene.
He didn’t seem scared, Viktor said, and it didn’t seem to occur to him that the other boy was stronger and could hit him.
“If a big guy insulted him, he’d jump straight at him – scratch him, bite him, pull tufts of hair out of his hair… He wasn’t the strongest in our class, but in a fight he could beat anyone because he’d make it in.” Frenzy and fight to the end.” Viktor told the Times.
Putin’s homeroom teacher at the time, 26-year-old freshman Tamara Chizova, was exasperated by the student, who described her as “insidious and disorganized” and a child who “would definitely cause trouble.”
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Putin was born on October 7, 1952 to Maria Ivanovna and her husband Vladimir Spiridonovich at the Snegiryov Hospital in Leningrad.
The couple had previously lost two children and as a result, Maria Volodya, as they called him, was obsessively protective as a boy.
Putin’s father was part of the Russian peasantry who flocked from the countryside to the cities in the 1930s to work in the factories during Stalin’s industrialization spurt. He was a foreman at Yogorov’s wagon works and secretary of his Communist Party workshop committee.
Putin was not sent to the Soviet preschool – where teachers taught ideas of collective responsibility and moral principles – but his mother taught him to read, write and learn his numbers.
The Russian president later wrote that his mother had “no other goal in life” “besides him.”
The Putins shared their apartment, which had no central heating, hot water or bathrooms, with two other families. It was primitive, but Putin later said he never felt disadvantaged or miserable. His father made a good living, and the family had a Bakelite telephone and TV that made Putin the envy of his friends.
In 1965, 12-year-old Volodya’s behavior began to improve as he began to think about what he wanted to do with his life. He had made the transition from elementary school to secondary school and had a new class teacher who he got on well with.
He was quick with a good memory, and his grades began to improve once his new teacher began mentoring him.
Around this time, Putin also discovered sambo; a judo-based form of mixed martial arts developed by the Red Army in the 1920s for use in hand-to-hand combat. His trainer, Anatoly Rakhlin, said that he was known for his determination and the way he fought every fight as if it were his last.
While Putin later wrote about the positive role that Sambo had in his life, his parents strongly disapproved of it, as the sports clubs were frequented by criminals. However, he went on to rank nationally as a sportsman in sambo.
Putin’s early ambitions to become an airline pilot later changed when he began reading about the military and spies. When he turned 16 he went to the KGB headquarters in Leningrad and asked what he had to do to be accepted as a recruit and was advised to study law.
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He qualified and entered the Law Faculty of Leningrad State University for the first time in 1970. He was described as eschewing social contacts related to study and sport, and in March 1975 he was offered a job with the KGB.
Putin’s initial position in the Soviet Union Security Service was as a second lieutenant. His work helped his parents financially, and they later moved into a two-bedroom apartment. He got a steady girlfriend, medical student Lyudmila Khmarina, and his career continued to advance.
Shortly after his relationship with Lyudmila ended, he became engaged to a Kaliningrad flight attendant named Lyudmila Shkrebneva, who later became his wife.
She described him as unpredictable and suspicious – for 18 months he maintained a cover that he worked for the police and not the KGB.
Putin’s paths eventually led to their divorce in 2013 after the couple had a child together.
Acquaintances of Putin later said it was unclear whether his training as a KGB officer indicated who he had become, or whether this was already written into his character. However, Putin himself has stated that much of what he was taught at the KGB he knew long beforehand.
He had been raised not to show his feelings, and even as a child he would hide his hand and only show it when there was a good reason. While Putin’s time in the special services influenced his thinking, he appears to be the person he would become before he joined the KGB.
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