Vladimir Putin Pt. 1
PUTIN IS A LONER AND A NIGHT-OWL. ESTRANGED FROM HIS WIFE LYUDMILA, HE PREFERS SOLITARY ACTIVITIES SUCH AS DOWNHILL SKIING AND HORSEBACK RIDING, TAKING HIS MEALS IN PRIVATE, AND DRIVING HIMSELF TO WORK IN HIS CUSTOM-MADE BLACK AUDI - LICENSE PLATE '007'.
Putin is notorious for being late, there's speculation it's from researching and analyzing his counterpart, sending or a "tsar's palace" level of entitlement. Below are a few albeit late appearances.
- 14 minutes overdue for Queen Elizabeth II in 2003
- 30 minutes for the South Korean President Park Geun-hye - particularly as the already late Putin stopped en route to chat with martial arts enthusiasts.
- 40 minutes late for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2012
- 50 minutes keeping Pope Francis waiting during a recent visit to the Vatican. It was reported that The Pope was left "shivering" outside.
- 2 hours for the parents of children killed in an air crash at a Bashkortostan cemetery in 2002.
- 3 hours overdue for talks on Syria with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
- 4 hours when Putin was running late for gas talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Crimea I'm 2012.
Watch out, schoolteachers. That little monster who talks in class, throws erasers at his classmates, and skips his homework may grow up to be the nation's top spy, or worse yet, its leader.
That's exactly what happened in Russia, says the popular tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. According to a grade book found in his dusty attic. The book painted a picture of an 11-year-old boy who was far from any sort of greatness at the time.
- "Before class [Putin] threw chalkboard erasers at the children."
- "Didn't do his math homework."
- "Behaved badly during singing class."
- "Talks in class."
- Putin was once caught passing notes to a boy named Bogandov when he should have been paying attention to his teacher.
- It also said the future president and judo champion fought repeatedly with his gym teacher during the 1963-64 school year.
- One day, Putin's father was even summoned to school, after the boy got into a fight with an older student.
- Putin's true love was German. Along with the grade book, was found Putin's school notebooks. Young Putin loved German so much that there were German notes all over his books for other subjects, even finding German flashcards tucked inside his chemistry notebook.
Sometime around his 16th birthday Putin went to the Leningrad K.G.B. headquarters to say, "I want to work here." As he recounts the story, he was told two things: first, he had to serve in the military or graduate from college—preferably in law—before being drafted as a spy. Second, he could not just come in and volunteer—he had to wait to be asked. No K.G.B. agent, past or present, can be expected to disclose the circumstances under which he was drafted, so chances are his story is at best incomplete. It seems clear, however, that Putin linked his life inextricably to the K.G.B. a few years before he finished high school. "What kind of person wants to be a K.G.B. agent at the age of 15 or 16, when everyone else wants to be a cosmonaut?" asks Nataliya Gevorkyan (a Putin biographer). She got her answer while she was still interviewing Putin for the book: "a mean, small-minded, and vengeful person."