Russian Exhibit Spotlights Strongman Putin and His KGB Profile

Published October 31st, 2019 - 10:51 GMT
President of Russia Vladimir Putin (Shutterstock)
President of Russia Vladimir Putin (Shutterstock)
Putin served in the USSR's spy agency for 16 years, between 1975 and 1991, after graduating from a Moscow KGB school. 

A KGB profile belonging to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been released to the public at an exhibition of declassified Soviet documents at the central state archive in St. Petersburg.

The six-paragraph profile, published yesterday by Russian news channel 78, remarks on 'the well-deserved authority he enjoys among colleagues.'  

According to Russian state news agency TASS, the exhibition in St Petersburg, is dedicated to '90 personalities and their accomplishments in politics, military affairs, science, culture and the arts.'

'Comrade V.V. Putin constantly improves his ideological and political standards. He's actively engaged in the party education network,' the profile says. 'He constantly improves his professional skills.' 

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The exhibition also features forms filled out by the Russian president, who was then a member of the All-Union Young Communist League. 

Vladimir Putin, 67,  became president of Russia in 2000, having formerly headed the Russian Federation's FSB, successor to the Soviet KGB. 

Putin served in the USSR's spy agency for 16 years, between 1975 and 1991, after graduating from a Moscow KGB school. 

Putin rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before resigning in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg. 

The newly released document shines more light on the Russian president's past, following the discovery of his State Security Service identification card, published by German news channel BILD late last year. 

Putin was stationed in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1985, working in the city of Dresden until 1990, where he lived with his now-divorced wife Lyudmila Putina. Their second child was born there in 1986. 

The State Security Service, more commonly known as the Stasi, was East Germany's official security service and worked closely with the KGB.

The Stasi has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies ever to have existed. 

The Russian president has previously credited his past in the KGB for preparing him for the presidency. 

As an intelligence agency the KGB was notorious for assassinations and hostile disinformation campaigns, a tradition Putin has continued as president of the Russian Federation.

Last year, the Russian president was accused of approving the botched Novichok assassination attempt on the life of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

This article has been adapted from its original source.    

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