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But, of course, I trained on a regular basis and participated in nation-wide competitions, almost out of habit.” After graduating from Leningrad State University, Putin was assigned to work in the state security agencies.
“My perception of the KGB was based on the idealistic stories I heard about intelligence.” He was first appointed to the Directorate secretariat, then the counterintelligence division, where he worked for about five months.
I got four out of five for the essay, but top marks for everything else, so I passed.” “When I began studying at the university, new goals and new values emerged.
I mainly focused on studies, and began seeing sports as secondary.
I realised that I also needed to study well,” Vladimir Putin says.
In 1970, Vladimir Putin became a student of law department at Leningrad State University, earning his degree in 1975.
So for us, the high-school graduates, only one out of 40 was admitted.
It did not help much, but Vladimir Putin himself radically changed his attitude toward his studies when he was in the sixth grade. I was asserting myself through sports, achieving something. No doubt, this had an enormous effect.” In the sixth grade, Vladimir Putin decided that he needed to achieve something in life, so he began getting good grades, which came easily to him.
He was allowed to join the Young Pioneers organisation, and almost immediately became the head of a Pioneer detachment in his class.
His father, Vladimir Putin, participated in the war.
In the 1950s, he worked as a security guard and later as a foreman at the carriage works. When World War I began, life in St Petersburg became hard, people were starving, so the entire family moved to Pominovo, a village in the Tver Region my grandmother came from.
Incidentally, my relatives still vacation in the house where my grandparents lived.