Wednesday, September 9, 2015

These Surprising Photos of Young Vladimir Putin Give You a Rarely Seen Look at Russia's Leader

Details of Putin's early life can be hard to find, in part because of his obscure background and his later work with the KGB, and much of what is known of his earlier days comes from him and his friends at the time. The photos below of Putin as a fresh-faced youth stand in stark juxtaposition to his current image. Of course, even the most notorious of public figures have to go through their formative years, but it's still a bit bizarre to see what Russia's leader looked like as a young troublemaker.

A class photo of Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, then called Leningrad, circa 1960. (Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

A class photo with Vladimir Putin, (first row, third from right), circa 1964-65. (Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin in 1970. (Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin dances with his classmate, Elena, during a party in St. Petersburg, then called Leningrad, in 1970. (Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

A young Vladimir Putin during judo training with fellow pupil Vassily Shestakov in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, in 1971. (EPA/Corbis)

A young Vladimir Putin in the 1970s.

Vladimir Putin with his then-wife Lyudmila and daughter, Masha, in 1985. (Sovfoto/UIG/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin with his parents, Maria and Vladimir, just before his departure to Germany, in 1985. (Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

(via The Huffington Post)

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