Putin studied German in high school and speaks the language fluently.
Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years.
Putin’s mother was a factory worker and his father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy.
He wished to emulate the intelligence officers portrayed in Soviet cinema.
Putin served in Dresden, East Germany, using a cover identity as a translator.
During the fall of the Berlin Wall he burned KGB files to prevent demonstrators from obtaining them.
Putin has two dogs, Buffy and Yume.
According to Russian opposition politicians and journalists, Putin secretly possesses a multi-billion fortune.
Putin sometimes uses Russian criminal jargon (fenya), not always correctly.
Putin is known for his often tough and sharp language, often alluding at Russian jokes and folk sayings.
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