Interviews with Putin's schoolteacher reveal
a bad student with a bright mind. Putin is
always late for school and doesn't make it
into the Pioneers. But then, at age 10, he discovers the martial arts and, after reading
novels and watching spy movies, develops a
single-minded ambition to join the KGB. At
16 he troops over to the KGB headquarters
where he's told that he has to go to law
school and keep his mouth shut if he really
wants to be a spy. Despite the pleas and
threats of his parents and judo coaches, he
decides to do just that.
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Book title: First Person:An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
Contributors: Nataliya Gevorkyan - Author, Natalya Timakova - Author, Andrei Kolesnikov - Author, Catherine A. Fitzpatrick - Translator.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 13.
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