Rare Photos of Vladimir Putin When He Was Young — Give You a New Perspective of Russia’s Leader

Photos of Vladimir Putin during his younger years can be hard to find. This is because of his obscure background and his work as an agent and later on as a KGB high ranking official. Much of what we know of his earlier life comes mostly from his friends at the time.

Below are some of the photos of Putin as a fresh-faced youth. Even a notorious of public figures has to go through his formative years. But it’s still a bit bizarre to see what Russia’s leader looked like as a young troublemaker.

A class photo of Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, then called Leningrad, circa 1960.

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A class photo with Vladimir Putin, (first row, third from right), circa 1964-65.

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Vladimir Putin in 1970.

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Vladimir Putin dances with his classmate, Elena, during a party in St. Petersburg, then called Leningrad, in 1970.

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A young Vladimir Putin during judo training with fellow pupil Vassily Shestakov in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, in 1971.

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A young Vladimir Putin in the 1970s.

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Vladimir Putin with his then-wife Lyudmila and daughter, Masha, in 1985.

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Vladimir Putin with his parents, Maria and Vladimir, just before his departure to Germany, in 1985.

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