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Putin's secret Stasi past revealed

Russian president Vladimir Putin held a Stasi id card, as he the end of the 1980s worked and lived in the then-east German city of Dresden.

It reveals the German newspaper Bild.

the Card carries Putin's own signature. It gave him a hitherto unknown power in the communist regime. Police officers and other officials had to add him, when he waved the card, which hid his true identity as issued from the superiority in Moscow.

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East germany was forward to the fall of the berlin wall, a soviet satellite state, where the powers in the closed country bowed and curtsied when topfolkene in Moscow gave the order. But, for the people trying managed to hide this reality.

Exactly why Putin was equipped with the Stasi-id, is uncertain. But when the future president could be posing as a member of the secret corps, which supervised the east germans smallest of movements gave it him, certainly opportunities that were closed to a smooth KGB agent, who had to operate more covertly.

German chancellor Angela Merkel is afraid of dogs, but still closed Putin his big labrador Koni to a meeting between the two in Sochi in 2007. Picture: /ritzau/Topfoto

Vladimir Putin bore the title of major in the KGB and was thus high in the hierarchy.

Putin spoke and speaks excellent German. So he has had it easy to cope in the east German society. As when he meets with 'Mutti' Merkel, then going on their conversations in German.

According to Bild lost Putin in 1990, its Stasi-id. It is unknown why.

It has previously been promoting, that Putin lived in a modest apartment in a block of flats in his years in Dresden from 1985 to 1989.

By the side of his secret activities, he spent time with his wife and two daughters. There was also time to visit his favorite bar ‘Of Thor’, where he enjoyed a bajer of the brand Radeberger. A beer that Merkel also has a habit of servers, when the two have completed more serious duties.

Vladimir Putin

65 years. Born 7. October 1952.

the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia.

Fabriksarbejderen Vladimir Putin and Maria Putin.


the Law at the Leningrad University, 1975.

Divorced. Married to Ludmila Shkrebneva Putin from 1983 to 2014.

Judo. Has a black belt.

1975: are Being employed in the soviet secret service KGB. Here, he is given the responsibility of monitoring foreigners in Leningrad.
1997: Will be appointed as deputy director of the Kremlin under president Boris Yeltsin.
1998: Becomes the head of the Russian intelligence service FSB.
August 1999: Yeltsin appoints Putin to Russia's prime minister.
December 1999: Yeltsin to resign amid a political scandal, and Putin becomes acting president of Russia. Putin gives Yeltsin a political immunity against prosecution.
March 2000: Putin is elected Russia's president.
March 2004: Putin will be re-elected after having been campaigning as an independent candidate.
March 2008: Putin be appointed prime minister of the country's new president, Dmitry Medvedev.
March 2012: Putin will become for the third time elected as president of Russia.
December 2017: Putin announces that he would stand for the presidential elections in the spring of 2018.
March 2018: Putin be for the fourth time elected as president of Russia.

Sources: CNN, Reuters.

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