Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad.
“I come from an ordinary family, and this is how I lived for a long time, nearly my whole life.
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.
Incidentally, my relatives still vacation in the house where my grandparents lived.
But even that was not enough for maintaining my status, so to speak, for very long.
I realised that I also needed to study well,” Vladimir Putin says.
In 1970, Vladimir Putin was admitted to law department at Leningrad State University.
“We had a class of 100 people, and only 10 of them entered immediately after high school, the rest had already completed military service.
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.
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.
“We lived simply - cabbage soup, cutlets, pancakes, but on Sundays and holidays my Mom would bake very delicious stuffed buns [pirozhki] with cabbage, meat and rice, and curd tarts [vatrushki],” Mr Putin says.
His mother did not approve of his decision to do judo.
It was in Pominovo that my father met my mother, and they got married at the age of 17.” After the war, the Putin family moved into a room in a communal apartment [kommunalka], in a typical St Petersburg dwelling house on Baskov Lane. Before the war [World War II], my parents occupied half of the house in Peterhof and were very proud of the living standards they had achieved then. 281, a chemistry-focused magnet school under the aegis of a technology institute, completing his studies there in 1970.