That directorate had branches in major cities of the Soviet Union, including Leningrad.I worked there for about four and a half years.” Then Mr Putin returned again to Moscow to study at the Andropov Red Banner Institute, where he was trained for his trip to Germany.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.He went to a public reception office of the KGB Directorate to find out how to become an intelligence officer.In the 1950s, he worked as a security guard and later as a foreman at the carriage works. When World War I began, life in St Petersburg became hard, people were starving, so the entire family moved to Pominovo, a village in the Tver Region my grandmother came from.
Then I returned again to Leningrad, worked there in the First Main Directorate – the intelligence service.He was allowed to join the Young Pioneers organisation, and almost immediately became the head of a Pioneer detachment in his class.“It became clear that street smarts were not enough, so I began doing sports.In 1970, Vladimir Putin became a student of law department at Leningrad State University, earning his degree in 1975.In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr Putin studied at KGB School No. Even before I finished high school, I wanted to work in intelligence.I lived as an average, normal person and I have always maintained that connection,” Mr Putin recalls.