042109 - 04/21/09 PLCP 321 More Putin background o Ludmila-...

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04/21/09 PLCP 321 More Putin background o Ludmila- wife Dated for 3 years before he proposed Proposal was so formal that she thought he was breaking up with her Didn’t know he was in the KGB for 18 months Liked him because he seemed like he would be good in a crisis o Posted to Dresden Shows how low he was… placed in the East Everyone wanted to be placed in the West- Austria or Switzerland Saw the gap between the Soviet Union and the West directly and indirectly o Impacting experience Riots in Dresden in late 1989 Called a local military guy and asked for armed reinforcements Guy said he would call Moscow and the guy said that Moscow is silent… so he couldn’t do anything Putin understood that he was abandoned and no one was taking any decisions- as if the country no longer existed… paralysis of power o From 1993 his career reached a dead end- collapse of the Soviet Union, collapse of the KGB o Mentor was Sobchak- mayor of St. Petersburg
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