Childhood An ordinary family Vladimir Putin was born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad. I come from an ordinary family, and this is how I lived for preparing children for school in Voronezh long time, nearly my whole life. Vladimir Putin’s mother, Maria Shelomova, was a very kind, benevolent person. His mother did not approve of his decision to do judo.
He’s off to his fights again. 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. My father was born in St Petersburg in 1911. 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. It was in Pominovo that my father met my mother, and they got married at the age of 17.
After the war, the Putin family moved into a room in a communal apartment , in a typical St Petersburg dwelling house on Baskov Lane. It was a building with a well-like yard. Before the war , my parents occupied half of the house in Peterhof and were very proud of the living standards they had achieved then. It wasn’t really much, but it seemed like an ultimate dream to them.
1960s School years A troublemaker, not a Pioneer In 1960-1968, Vladimir Putin attended Primary School No. After the eighth grade, he entered High School No. 281, a chemistry-focused magnet school under the aegis of a technology institute, completing his studies there in 1970. I was always late for my first class, so even in winter I didn’t have time to dress properly.
From first and eighth grade, Vladimir Putin studied at School No. As he recalls, he was a troublemaker, not a Pioneer. In the fifth grade, he still hadn’t found himself yet, but I could feel the potential, the energy and the character in him. He had a very good memory and an agile mind.
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. 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. He was allowed to join the Young Pioneers organisation, and almost immediately became the head of a Pioneer detachment in his class. It became clear that street smarts were not enough, so I began doing sports. But even that was not enough for maintaining my status, so to speak, for very long.