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.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.His teacher, Vera Gurevich, recalls, “In the fifth grade, he still hadn’t found himself yet, but I could feel the potential, the energy and the character in him.I saw that he had a great deal of interest in language; he picked it up easily. I thought, something good will come of this boy, so I decided to give him more attention, to distract him from the boys on the streets.” Until the sixth grade, Vladimir Putin was not very interested in studying, but his teacher Vera Gurevich saw that he could do better and get higher grades.
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.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.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.“Fairly quickly, I left for special training in Moscow, where I spent a year.Then I returned again to Leningrad, worked there in the First Main Directorate – the intelligence service.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.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.