Like in books & films: Putin talks about his ‘romanticized’ job as Soviet KGB spy

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Like in books & films: Putin talks about his ‘romanticized’ job as Soviet KGB spy

RT
President Putin talked to Oliver Stone not only about politics and international affairs, but also about his family, childhood, and hobbies, and the time when he served as an under-cover KGB agent in Dresden in 1980s.

These memories, which President Putin shared with US filmmaker Stone, have become part of a book of full transcripts that includes material left out of the documentary series The Putin Interviews.

Vladimir Putin said he joined the KGB, the Soviet Committee for State Security, in 1975, because he had “always wanted to.”

“I entered law school because I wanted to work for the KGB. And still when I was a pupil at school, I went to the KGB office in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) by myself. And I asked them what I had to do in order to work for the KGB. And the workers told me that I had to have a higher education and a better legal education.”

However, Putin said he did not have “any contact with the KGB” following the visit, so he found it “quite unexpected that the KGB found me and offered a job” after he graduated from a law school.

When asked by Stone, Putin acknowledged he watched many films about the agency and their intelligence work and was particularly inspired by a Soviet-era espionage thriller called Seventeen Moments of Spring, in which the main character played by famous actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov is a Soviet spy in Nazi Germany. The president admitted to romanticizing about getting a job…Read More & View Video

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Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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