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.
His teacher, Vera Gurevich, recalls, “In the fifth grade, he still hadn’t found himself yet, but I could feel the potential, the energy and the character in him.
Vladimir Putin’s mother, Maria Shelomova, was a very kind, benevolent person.
“We lived simply - cabbage soup, cutlets, pancakes, but on Sundays and holidays my Mom would bake very delicious stuffed buns [pirozhki] with cabbage, meat and rice, and curd tarts [vatrushki],” Mr Putin says.
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.