She met with his father asking him to influence his son.
It did not help much, but Vladimir Putin himself radically changed his attitude toward his studies when he was in the sixth grade. I was asserting myself through sports, achieving something. No doubt, this had an enormous effect.” In the sixth grade, Vladimir Putin decided that he needed to achieve something in life, so he began getting good grades, which came easily to him.
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.
Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad.
“And from that moment, I began preparing myself to enter the law department at Leningrad State University,” Mr Putin notes.
In 1970, Vladimir Putin was admitted to law department at Leningrad State University.
“We had a class of 100 people, and only 10 of them entered immediately after high school, the rest had already completed military service.
In 1970, Vladimir Putin became a student of law department at Leningrad State University, earning his degree in 1975.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr Putin studied at KGB School No. Even before I finished high school, I wanted to work in intelligence.