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.Incidentally, my relatives still vacation in the house where my grandparents lived.
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.
I saw that he had a great deal of interest in language; he picked it up easily. I thought, something good will come of this boy, so I decided to give him more attention, to distract him from the boys on the streets.” Until the sixth grade, Vladimir Putin was not very interested in studying, but his teacher Vera Gurevich saw that he could do better and get higher grades.
She met with his father asking him to influence his son.
Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad.
“I come from an ordinary family, and this is how I lived for a long time, nearly my whole life.
I lived as an average, normal person and I have always maintained that connection,” Mr Putin recalls.
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.
His mother did not approve of his decision to do judo.
“Every time I went to a practice session, she would grumble, ‘He’s off to his fights again.’” Things changed after Vladimir Putin’s coach visited his home and told his parents about what he did and what he achieved; the family’s attitude toward this sport changed.
His father, Vladimir Putin, participated in the war.