The Putin Files

Vladimir Putin's Early Life

Putin’s childhood in St. Petersburg was rife with hardship, but he learned to become a wily street fighter and scrappy underdog. His ambition was rewarded with admission to the Soviet intelligence services as a KGB official. In Dresden, East Germany he witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. With the collapse of the Soviet Union two years later, Putin and 800,000 KGB officers were left shipwrecked.

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