- Russian President Vladimir Putin has been affiliated with the KGB since 1975.
- Putin won the St Petersburg martial arts championship in SAMBO in 1976.
- Putin's KGB alias was Platov while working in intelligence.
The State Archive of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg has, for the first time ever, made declassified documents available pertaining to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s KGB history (as wee as a few other key people in the KGB). The KGB, translated in English as Committee for State Security, was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991. As a direct successor of agencies such as the Cheka, NKGB, NKVD and MGB, the committee was attached to the Council of Ministers.
The documents were released for an exhibit taking place from October 25-December 20, 2019. The document shows Putin was a member of the KGB from 1975 after becoming a member of the Komsomol organization. The All-Union Leninist Young Communist League, usually known as Komsomol was a political youth organization in the Soviet Union. It is the final organization before high school graduation.
The Komsomol was founded in 1918, after the Russian Revolution of 1917. The members were between the ages of 14-28 and it was primarily a political organ for spreading Communist teachings and preparing future members of the Communist Party. Younger children ages 9-14 joined Pioneers, the All-Union Lenin Pioneer Organization established in 1922). For ages 6-8, there was the Little Octobrists.
Putin’s characteristic shows him to be subordinate, disciplined and trust worthy. His responsibilities were organizing sport events. Furthermore, he constantly upgraded his ideological and political levels, and showed interest in the Communist Party. His fellow party members found him to be stable and authoritarian, even at a young age.
Putin received the highest level of Soviet sports achievement by being a Master in Sambo and Judo by the age of 23. Sambo is a Soviet martial art and combat sport. It originated in the Russian SFSR in Soviet Union. The word “SAMBO” is a portmanteau for samozashchita bez oruzhiya, which literally translates as “self-defence without weapons.” The sport was created during 1920’s in the Soviet Union.
Judo was originally created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a physical, mental, and moral pedagogy in Japan. It is generally categorized as a modern martial art, which later evolved into a combat and an Olympic sport. Putin won the St. Petersburg championship in martial arts in 1976.
Putin’s KGB Provost was A. Sobchak during his higher education days. Sobchak is the one who fully recruited Putin. Once becoming a full member of the KGB, Putin worked under the pseudonym Platov. He was also part of an elite KGB’s X2 training based on the chess game created by a Soviet chess master.
Interestingly, one Soviet KGB General Lev Rokhlin, who was in a KGB border department, knew Putin since he was stationed in Germany. Another interesting person was Artem Borovik, a journalist, who did research on Vladimir Putin’s bio. He mysteriously died in a helicopter crash in 2000, after claiming he had a breaking story about Putin and his past.
Vladimir Putin has been President of Russia on and off since 2000. He played a political musical chairs game by becoming a Deputy Prime Minister before returning as President of Russia again. This was because Putin couldn’t run consecutively for that many terms.