As it was written above, V. Putin was born in Leningrad, in the USSR. Parents: Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin (1911–1999) and Maria Ivanovna Putin (nee Shelomova, 1911–1998).
His mother worked at the factory, and his father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy and served in the submarine fleet in the early 1930s. At the beginning of World War II, his father served in the NKVD extermination battalion. Later he was transferred to the regular army, in 1942 he was severely wounded.
Vladimir Putin is the youngest of three sons. The two older brothers, Victor and Albert, were born in the mid-1930s; Albert died a few months after his birth, and Victor died of diphtheria during the Siege of Leningrad during the years of the Great Patriotic War.
Putin’s paternal grandfather Spiridon Ivanovich Putin (1879–1965) was a chef. Putin’s maternal grandmother died in 1941 at the hands of the German occupiers in the Tver region, and his maternal uncles did not return from the front.
The genealogy of Vladimir Putin is covered with a veil of secrecy, and there are no records of the surviving ancestors with the last name "Putin" before his grandfather, Spiridon Ivanovich. His autobiography “From the First Person” (in English is called In the First Person) is based on an interview with Putin, where he talks about a modest childhood in a communal apartment in Leningrad, where several other families lived.
On September 1, 1960, he went to school No. 193 in Baskov Lane, opposite his house. At the age of 12, he began to engage in such sports as sambo and judo seriously. In his youth, Putin sought to imitate intelligence officers, who were playing in Soviet films by Vyacheslav Tikhonov and George Zhzhyonov. V. Putin also studied at secondary school No. 281. He studied German and is currently fluent in it.
Putin entered the law faculty of Leningrad State University in 1970 and graduated in 1975. His diploma was called The Principle of the Most Favored Nation in International Law. While studying at the university, he joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and remained its member until the dissolution of the party in December 1991. It was here that he met Anatoly Sobchak, who later played an essential role in his career. Sobchak at that time worked as an associate professor at the Leningrad State University and lectured on commercial law on the course where V. Putin studied.
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