Vladimir Putin – The Polarizing Bear of Russia?

Putin and wife
Image Courtesy of the Kremlin Archive

Two years before his deployment to Dresden, Putin would marry Lyudmila Shkrebneva, a flight attendant for the Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot, and they would have two daughters together, Maria and Yekatarina while in East Germany. Much like with his career in the KGB, Putin’s personal life has remained private, some might even say secretive.

His marriage to Lyudmila would end in divorce in 2013 with both parties splitting amicably, however it was reported that Lyudmila felt he was more married to his position as leader of Russia than her. An extramarital affair was also cited as a possible reason, but with everything else in Putin’s private life, it’s hard to confirm such rumors.

As the wall came down in November of 1989, the KGB was seemingly soon to crumble as the fall of the Soviet Union would not be far behind. Putin moved his family back to Russia and took a job as a professor at the State University of Saint Petersburg.

Despite his name tag having the profession of professor written on it, it would have been more appropriate to have Lieutenant Colonel as he was still on the payroll of the KGB. He was tasked with evaluating the student’s suitability and promise as future KGB agents. While working at the university, he would rekindle his relationship with his former mentor Anatoly Sobchak.

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1 thought on “Vladimir Putin – The Polarizing Bear of Russia?”

  1. Putin was / is no choir boy. He now lives in a billion dollar palace with lavish gardens and secluded acreage. He leaves a trail of executed enemies and I would wager unlike the cowardly Clintons, he didn’t hire someone to do his dirty work. My guess is he has acquired much of his wealth from stealing. He is / was a thief, murderer and bully.

    That being said, he now promotes family, Christianity, a sovereign Russia. He loves his country.

    Russian military soldiers are encouraged to be heterosexual not homosexual like here in America. No red high heel marches for Russian troop and none of this insane transgender nonsense.

    Say what you will about Putin, but he always comes across with dignity and decorum unlike our womanizer Clinton, blustering big mouth Trump, queer, gay Obama, drunk at the podium Piglosi or senile pedophile Biden.

    Russia at the moment can be proud, they at least have a leader that acts like a leader. He’s not perfect but Vladimir Putin is a hell of a lot better than the traitors in DC that have sold our country out and are for the most part all sexual perverts, drunkards and cocaine addicts.

    I saw a picture of Putin as a young boy sitting on his mother’s lap. They are both rail thin and looked to be real Russian peasants. Vladimir Putin started out dirt poor. He had initiative, drive, focus and despite all the odds against him is now where he is at.

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