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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Publication information: 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. Publisher: PublicAffairs. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 13.
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