Vladimir Putin is heading for his fourth term as president of Russia. Since his youth, is Putin an image of strength and invulnerability. First, press the fist to go with buurjongens, later by (inter)national, as the first blow to be given to opponents.
In a tight communistenflat in Leningrad (nowadays St.-Petersburg) welcome a cleaning lady and a sailor, that the KGB had worked, their third child, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. The …
In a tight communistenflat in Leningrad (nowadays St.-Petersburg) welcome a cleaning lady and a sailor, that the KGB had worked, their third child, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. It is 1952 and their last two children, Albert and Victor, some time ago died. The mother of Vladimir, who in his birth, 41, her son all of her life long as ‘a wonderful god’ to describe it.
As a child, is Putin’s rather insecure. His small stature makes him the favourite plaything of its larger peers. His childhood is largely situated on the drab courtyard of the apartment building where the family Putin lives. He plays with what is available: waste, worn-out toys and rats. Later on, he would be there, the Russian media say that that period was very instructive for him.
“I played as a child, always with rats. I chased them with a stick and treiterde them until they are both afraid like crazy of were. Until I have a rat so bad in the close drove, that they me attacked. Then I understood: the hunter can quickly become the prey.’
As a victim of bullying, decided to Putin work their way up to hunter. After school he went to the gym, where he met with martial art. The relatively small Putin learned that not brute strength but technique matters when you’re faced with the enemy, and paste – to the displeasure of his mother – quickly successful some houdgrepen on the buurjongens.
“In all those years of combat training I learned that, when the battle is inevitable, it is better that the first blow out,” said Putin during an interview in the Russian newspaper, Rossyskaya Gazeta. Crushing blows is better than clapping, was the motto of many youth gangs that were active in the district where putin’s lived. The young Vladimir joined as a teenager with several gangs that are known were for theft, extortion and administering beatings.
When Putin, then the reputation had the ‘judokampioen’ of the city, ended up in prison and his mother (pictured above in a photo from 1975, together with the father of Putin and Putin himself) that came to know, compelled her son to his bendeactiviteiten to cease. Given its moderate health could be his mother that, however, do not check. The only thing they saw was that Putin, after his first boxing training with a broken nose, returned home. He opted out for judo and left the street gangs, where he pulled away.
Under more inspired by the stories he has of his father is heard, hit Putin in the ban of the Russian secret service, the KGB. He searched the parks around the apartment building where the family lived, in search of hidden messages from spies. When he, in 1975, graduated from the university of Leningrad (with a thesis on the American and African politics), went to Putin to immediately work for the KGB (see uniform above).
The ambitious Putin took his job, the foreign intelligence service very seriously and worked meticulously and driven. For love, there was hardly any place in his life. Just as in his teenage years (the picture above in which he as a teenager dancing with a girl is unique), Putin had more eye for his studies and work than for a friend.
It wasn’t one of his best friends convince him to a girl he liked to ask out: Lyudmila. They knew Putin’s ‘thaw’, and I could do laugh at the silliest jokes. The two were in love, but even when the couple is already married, tested Putin regularly or Lyudmila no spy or naïevelinge was. A strange phone call from someone who asked her what her husband, for the cost did to let her shadows when they buy was going to do: complete trust was something that Lyudmila Putina is never of her husband.
From 1985 to 1990 lived Putin in Dresden, where he was the former German Democratic Rubliek kept an eye on for the KGB. He answered dissidents and took them captive. Also western spies detecting and stopping was one of his duties. In the meantime, were Lyudmila and two daughters: Maria (1985) and Jekatarina (1986).
When the Berlin Wall fell (in 1989), would putin’s return to Leningrad, but the KGB ordered Putin for as long as possible to gather information. This led, in december that year, almost to a deadly confrontation that putin’s political decisions to date seem to affect. A large group of armed protestors stood suddenly before the gates of the KGB department and wanted the quantity of the order, including women and children. Putin made a point that they immediately would be shot down by snipers, and that the quarter zwaarbewapend was. The crowd dripped off. But when the present KGB employees asked for reinforcements to Dresden to send because their life was in danger, was silence on the other side.
“We cannot do anything without orders from Moscow,” she said eventually. At that moment realized the Russians that Moscow is them in the had abandoned.
The way Putin in international conflicts in which Russians are involved speecht about how Russia would never stitch will show, how far they are from the homeland, according to Ruslandexperts inspired by the incident in Dresden. ‘Now he is in power, is he Moscow. He will therefore never be silent’, said German biograficus Boris Reitschuster reports this to the BBC.
After Putin returned to Leningrad was allowed to return, he knew himself – in the nineties – on the work within the KGB, and he was the main confidant of the mayor of St. Petersburg, Anatoli Sobtsjak (the father of Ksenia Sobtsjak, that in the year 2018 against Putin’s record in the presidential election). It is also in these years that many of the financial experts for a riddle. The ability of the putin’s increased at the end of the nineties, namely hard, while the income of Putin hardly went up. That putin’s a piece of the action meepikten of the deals that Sobtsjak with the local mafia, has been very often argued by the Kremlin-critical media in Russia, but to date, black on white proven.
While Putin still but just with a half a foot in the Russian politics had stepped, knew Sobtsjak him immediately to launch in higher circles. Russia hardly had Vladimir Putin heard when he in 1999, acting president since Boris Yeltsin in the towel had to throw. By a few television appearances in which Putin hard embarked on the eradication of Tsjetsjeens terrorism’, the Russians make their way to his political views.
In contrast to Yeltsin (which is often when a drunken court jester was portrayed at home and abroad), he portrayed Putin as a strong leader who pulls the strings firmly in your hands. Photo-shoots of judo and horse riding in bare bark went into the beginning of the years 2000. Rarely could the Russian press, Putin caught on a really spontaneous moment. The awkward series of photographs for the Taj Mahal in India (photo above), where Putin is still his wife Lyudmila have to ask to get a little closer to him to sit, it was also one of the spontaanste.
Putin was in the first years of his presidency also very atoning work to the United States. That more relaxed atmosphere in combination with economic stability and the absence of more attacks from Chechnya, led to an unprecedented popularity in his own country.
The period of thaw and prosperity, however, proved of short duration. With the problems in Georgia (the rose revolution, 2003), and Ukraine (the orange revolutie, 2004) started Putin and the Nato co-nietjesspelletje about expanding the Western sphere of influence, that continues to this day. At the same time kalfde the Russian economy gradually. The low-hanging fruit of oil and gas were by 2008 nearly all picked, while structural investments for innovation hampered. The tone of Putin continued with the years to harden to the US and the EU. The ‘enemies’ that Russia want to ‘belittle’ and ‘challenge’. On state television were the Russians, suddenly a lot of ‘what if the Third world War breaks out’-debates presented.
Although Putin in 2008, as the torch had to pass to Dimitri Medvedev, his prime minister, he remained behind the scenes firmly in the saddle sit. His return in 2012 was also written in the stars.
The tensions over terroritoriumdrift came to a head in 2014. In one year’s time were dominated by three Russian crises the European stage: the Ukraine crisis, the annexation of the Crimea and the crash of flight MH-17. The atmosphere reached a new low when along both sides with sanctions was waved and both the European and the Russian economy were hit. Have already since then, especially the Russians hard.
The tone of the Russian president towards the American and European “enemies” continued to harden and seems to be in 2018 still not over his peak. “You didn’t want to listen: listen now to us,” said Putin at the beginning of march when he new nuclear weapons proposed. “You wanted to Russia kleinkrijgen, you wanted to Russia to ruin it. Well, that didn’t work out.’
Despite the fact that Putin during the same presentation, openly admitted that the economy, the tourism, the healthcare and the birthrate urgently need a good push in the back, for that the country threatens to go into reverse instead of forward, pair the lion’s share of the Russians that possible deterioration not to the political decisions of Putin. In addition, there is hardly any political opposition in the country, partly because Alexei Navalny is not allowed to participate in the elections. Therefore, the way lies wide open for a fourth term of office.
The question is not whether Putin is re-elected, but how long he was still in power. The coming years will, in all respects, are of crucial importance for the hitherto unassailable Russian leader.
Sources: Novaya Gazeta, ‘The New Tsar’ (Steven Lee Myers), Rossyskaya Gazeta, Kanal 1, Prjamaja Retsj: biografija Vladimira Putina (Vadim Rachmanov), A history of Russia (Jan Willem Bezemer)