THE YOUNG SPECIALIST
After a stint in counterintelligence with some stodgy hard-liners, Putin is sent to the Andropov Red Banner Institute in Moscow for additional training. The officers quickly take notice of the smart and unflappable trainee. He's offered a spot in the most coveted of divisions: foreign intelligence. Meanwhile, he meets a stunning airline stewardess, Lyudmila. He impresses her with hard-to- come-by tickets for three nights at the theater, procured through his KGB connections. Their courtship lasts three years. They marry and are transferred on Putin's first assignment abroad: Dresden, East Germany.
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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: 45.
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