The President of Russia is an officer. It is quite natural, a significant part of his life passed in the service. Everyone knows that it was held by Vladimir Vladimirovich in the Committee of State Security of the USSR, an organization that was rightfully considered a bulwark of Soviet power, for which some respected it, others were afraid. The KGB officer was not easy to become, the candidate passed a multi-level test for loyalty, honesty, impeccability of behavior and even for undesirable kinship. The presidency is usually combined with another position - the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. This means that at the moment he is subordinate to all the most senior generals. In Stalin's, and also Brezhnev's, times the matter of subordination was solved simply. The head of state and party became in one case the generalissimo, in the other - the marshal. Today not everyone knows what title Putin has. And it, by state standards, is quite low.
Childhood of the Future President
The Russian leader was born in 1952. His family was ordinary: his father Vladimir Spiridonovich - a worker, a master who fought and was wounded at the front. When his son was born, he was 41 years old. Mother, Maria Ivanovna, also a factory worker, a contemporary of her husband, a siege. So the child was late, desired and at that moment the only one (the two older brothers died in the thirties). According to family tradition, Putin's grandfather, Spiridon Ivanovich, was a famous cook, who cooked delicious meals for the first Soviet leaders (Lenin, then Stalin), but this did not affect the prosperity of the family that lived in the ordinary Petersburg communal.
By the boy Volodya was hooliganist and prone tovarious kinds of leprosy. He went to school at the age of eight, he did not study very well (at least in primary school). But from 11 years I was carried away by sports wrestling, sambo and judo. And he dreamed of becoming a scout since childhood.
First rank - lieutenant
Apply to the Faculty of Law of Leningraduniversity is not so simple, especially having in the school certificate mediocre marks. So it was in 1970, and now too. The ill-wishers of the Russian president hint at the supposedly existing sports patronage, or, perhaps, at that time cooperation with the KGB (while freelance). Assumptions are not confirmed in any way, someone believes such versions, and some do not. The student really did sports (then it was free for all comers) in the "Trud" society and did his best in this field. On the study, however, also did not forget. The military department at Leningrad State University was, all the young people who were fit for health service were studying there. In 1975, Vladimir received a diploma along with a military ticket, which stated: "Lieutenant of Justice." This was the first military title of Putin.
Study and next rank
The wishes of the chartered lawyer were taken into account whendistribution: he was sent to work in the Leningrad regional department of state security. Putin worked in the KGB secretariat for the first time as a civilian, without receiving an officer's salary. Specific knowledge needed counterintelligence, Vladimir Vladimirovich received on the six-month special courses of the junior operational staff at the Moscow Higher School of the KGB, which was sent in February 1976.
Service did not interfere with success in judo. Until 1976, Putin has repeatedly become the champion of the city.
Only two years later (1977) was hisattestation and enrollment in a staff position. He became a senior lieutenant of justice (the second title of Putin), an operative with the KGB for the Leningrad region, in this capacity he served until January 1978.
The titles in the KGB were tight. It was not enough to serve the appointed term, it was important to hold the position, as well as various other circumstances, including marital status and characteristics. Most of the committee operatives retired by the majors. This military title of Putin overtook at the age of thirty. Not such a bad indicator.
After participating in the provision of law and order in theMoscow Olympics Vladimir Vladimirovich received the following star on the epaulettes - in 1980 he became captain. The next military rank of Putin - major - was appropriated to him in 1983. The public knows little about these important events in the life of each officer. Again, ill-wishers insist that Putin's official growth was slow, he did not show any special abilities. On the other hand, careerist zeal probably was not typical for the future Russian president, and this just describes him positively. In Afghanistan, it was possible to get a new rank much quicker. Putin, however, apparently did not deceive this prospect. If they did, I would probably go, but did not volunteer.
Germany and the return
German language V.V. Putin studied at the Moscow Institute of the KGB of the USSR. Andropov, along with other "espionage" sciences in 1984-1985. Then there was a business trip to the Dresden KGB station. There, the major was engaged in providing the work of illegal scouts sent from East Germany to the West. Presumably in 1987, he was given a regular rank by service. Putin was appointed assistant department head. For some, such a position will seem insignificant, but only not those who are at least familiar with the principles of the work of Soviet intelligence.
After the unification of Germany, the Dresden departmentwas abolished, the lieutenant-colonel returned to Leningrad, after working abroad more than four years. The next title of Putin was also actually served on time and confirmed by the colonel's position of the head of one of the counter-intelligence units. He worked "under the roof", formally counting as an assistant to the rector of the Leningrad State University.
Not even a general ...
So the colonel was Vladimir Putin. The title is not obtained in bloody battles, although during the service (especially in the period of the collapse of the socialist system and the unification of Germany), everything happened. And his awards are sparse: ordinary jubilee medals (three of them) and one more from the government of the GDR. From this fact, it is also possible to draw different conclusions: both about the failure of the officer and even his negligence, and about his personal modesty and unwillingness to serve a regime that never brought the Soviet people the desired prosperity. Today it is not so important what kind of rank Putin has, the successes of his presidency matter. Judging by the ratings, they are very good.