First Person by Vladimir Putin, Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, Andrei

By Vladimir Putin, Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, Andrei Kolesnikov

Who's this Vladimir Putin? who's this guy who suddenly--overnight and with out warning--was passed the reigns of strength to 1 of the main advanced, ambitious, and unstable international locations on the planet? How do we belief him if we do not understand him? First individual is an intimate, candid portrait of the guy who holds the way forward for Russia in his grip. a rare compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and memorable images, it delves deep into Putin's KGB previous and explores his meteoric upward thrust to strength. No Russian chief has ever subjected himself to this type of public exam of his lifestyles and perspectives. either as a undercover agent and as a digital political unknown till chosen by means of Boris Yeltsin to be leading Minister, Putin has been considered as guy of puzzle. Now, the curtain lifts to bare a extraordinary lifetime of struggles and successes. Putin's existence tale is of significant significance to the realm.

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He and my father once met by chance in Leningrad twenty years later. Can you imagine? Vera Dmitrievna Gurevich: Volodya's mother was a very nice personkind, selfless, the soul of goodness. She was not a very educated woman. I don't know if she finished even five grades of school. She worked hard her whole life. She was a janitor, took deliveries in a bakery at night, and washed test tubes in a laboratory. I think she even worked as a guard at a store at one time. Volodya's papa worked as a toolmaker in a factory.

And then there was the time I lost to the world champion, Volodya Kullenin. Later he began to drink heavily and was murdered on the street. But in university he was a fine athlete, really brilliant and talented. He hadn't started drinking when I fought him. We were competing for the city championship. He was already world champion. Right away, during the first minutes, I threw him across my backand did it gracefully, with ease. In principle, the match should have ended right then, but since Kullenin was world champion, it wouldn't have been right to stop the fight.

So in order to save time, I never put on a coat, and just shot out to school like a bullet and got right behind my desk. Did you like school? For a time. the unspoken leader. The school was right next door to my house. Our courtyard was a reliable refuge, and that helped. Did people listen to you? I didn't try to command people. It was more important to preserve my independence. If I had to compare it with my adult life, I would say that the role I played as a kid was like the role of the judicial branch, and not the executive.

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