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