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Soviet Union medals.

Masculine, strongman, alpha male that's the image Vladimir Putin wants to portray to the world. And according to the recent popularity polls, Putin's magic bullet hits nearly 80% of the Russians. Putin was described by his school friends as a fitness freak, militantly studious, but afraid of no one. He was an ideal student, girls fell head over heels for him.

Vera Brileva, now a married pensioner, dated the future Kremlin chief when he was 16. Vera liked or moreover loved Putin, she describes him as a fearless bloke, afraid of no one. She reminisces about an episode wherein she was waiting for a train with Putin late at night. While other girls would tremble with fear, she was with Putin at certain ease. She shared Putin's first kiss at his dacha in Tosno, just outside of St. Petersburg. While Putin and his friends were celebrating New Year's Eve, someone suggested playing spin the bottle. When Volodya, diminutive of Vladimir, spun the bottle it stopped at Vera, their kiss was brief and she remembers feeling suddenly hot. She was smitten by him.

Collective farming, a Soviet era policy is still being enforced in some parts of Ukraine. Photo by Marjan Blan | @marjanblan on Unsplash.

One needs to understand that Putin is a KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti) agent, he is a professionally trained liar. The KGB was the most powerful and dreaded institution in the former Soviet Union. Putin is a well-trained agent of the KGB. He knows how to charm and build trust with adversaries only to betray them later. The best example would be former US president George Bush. The anecdote dates back to the year 2001 when the US president and his Russian counterpart decided to hold a summit meeting in Slovenia.

At the closing press conference, in response to a question about whether he could trust Putin, Bush infamously said, "I looked the man in the eye. I found him very straightforward and trustworthy – I was able to get a sense of his soul." Later Bush's top security aide Condoleezza Rice wrote that Bush's phrasing had been a serious mistake. "We were never able to escape the perception that the president had naïvely trusted Putin and then been betrayed."

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician, statesman and United States Navy officer who served as the United States Senator for Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018, once famously said: "I looked into his eyes and saw three letters: K--G--B," McCain said of Putin, referring to his ties to the former Soviet spy agency.

Destroyed wall of a building from Russia with the number (year) 1917, sickle and hammer. A vintage Soviet-era building falling apart in modern Russia. Grunge symbol of the revolution in cracks among the grass and desolation in the countryside. Photo by Tengyart on Unsplash.

About Vera and Putin's courtship, they split their relationship when one evening she was at his apartment and was nostalgic when he cut her short by saying "I remember what I need to remember." She did not like his manner and they split up. When asked about what she remembers about him to this day, she said "To this day, I remember his hands. He had short, strong fingers."

On a concluding note, a KGB agent is at the helm of Russia. The Cold War has been re-ignited between Russia and the West. With Afghanistan, in a quagmire, the West and Russia are in a tussle to gain control over the vast resources of the region.

keywords: KGB Agent, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Soviet Spy Agency, Cold War, US, George Bush.


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