JRL NEWSWATCH: “Soldier, spy: more details of Vladimir Putin’s past revealed; Russian president, on a visit to a fortress, says he commanded a howitzer artillery battalion” – The Guardian/ Marc Bennetts

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“… Putin has revealed that he commanded an artillery battalion during the Soviet period, a detail of his shadowy biography … previously unknown. … Putin’s official biography makes no mention of [it] …. According to the Kremlin, Putin joined the KGB immediately after graduating [in law] from … Leningrad State University in 1975. … [spending] 16 years … rising to the rank of KGB lieutenant colonel before the collapse of the Soviet Union …. … all able-bodied students at Soviet universities were required to undergo military training … receiv[ing] the rank of reservist officer …. Putin is known to have worked in counter-intelligence … [in the] KGB …. Some reports allege that his KGB duties included the surveillance of Soviet political dissidents, but these have never been confirmed. …”File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

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