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“It became clear that street smarts were not enough, so I began doing sports.
But even that was not enough for maintaining my status, so to speak, for very long.
He went to a public reception office of the KGB Directorate to find out how to become an intelligence officer.
There, he was told that first, he would have to either serve in the army or complete college, preferably with a degree in law.
I saw that he had a great deal of interest in language; he picked it up easily. I thought, something good will come of this boy, so I decided to give him more attention, to distract him from the boys on the streets.” Until the sixth grade, Vladimir Putin was not very interested in studying, but his teacher Vera Gurevich saw that he could do better and get higher grades.
She met with his father asking him to influence his son.
Granted, soon after, I decided I wanted to be a sailor, but then I wanted to do intelligence again. Vladimir Putin Even before he finished school, Vladimir Putin wanted to work in intelligence.
“We had a class of 100 people, and only 10 of them entered immediately after high school, the rest had already completed military service.
So for us, the high-school graduates, only one out of 40 was admitted.
But, of course, I trained on a regular basis and participated in nation-wide competitions, almost out of habit.” After graduating from Leningrad State University, Putin was assigned to work in the state security agencies.
“My perception of the KGB was based on the idealistic stories I heard about intelligence.” He was first appointed to the Directorate secretariat, then the counterintelligence division, where he worked for about five months.