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.
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.
That was when he drew attention from foreign intelligence officers.
She met with his father asking him to influence his son.
It did not help much, but Vladimir Putin himself radically changed his attitude toward his studies when he was in the sixth grade. I was asserting myself through sports, achieving something. No doubt, this had an enormous effect.” In the sixth grade, Vladimir Putin decided that he needed to achieve something in life, so he began getting good grades, which came easily to him.
So for us, the high-school graduates, only one out of 40 was admitted.
I got four out of five for the essay, but top marks for everything else, so I passed.” “When I began studying at the university, new goals and new values emerged.