In 1970, Vladimir Putin was admitted to law department at Leningrad State University.
That was when he drew attention from foreign intelligence officers.
I lived as an average, normal person and I have always maintained that connection,” Mr Putin recalls.
Vladimir Putin’s mother, Maria Shelomova, was a very kind, benevolent person.
There, he was told that first, he would have to either serve in the army or complete college, preferably with a degree in law.
“And from that moment, I began preparing myself to enter the law department at Leningrad State University,” Mr Putin notes.
She met with his father asking him to influence his son.