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.