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Putin speaks about working as a taxi driver in the 1990s


President Vladimir Putin smiles and says that in the 1990s he worked as a private cab driver. The video, in which he speaks about this, was included in the film Modern History, which will be aired on the TV channel Russia 1 in the first weeks of December. Fragments of the film were published on Saturday by the TV channel Russia 24.

‘Sometimes I had to earn extra money as a cab driver. It’s unpleasant to talk about it, but, unfortunately, that was also the case,’ Putin said.

In 2018, in an interview for the film ‘Putin’ of the political observer of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, the press secretary of Putin’s campaign headquarters, Andrei Kondrashov, the president spoke only of his readiness to work as a taxi driver in the 1990s.

According to the President, such thoughts came to him after the mayor Anatoly Sobchak lost the governor elections (Putin was the head of Sobchak’s campaign headquarters).

‘I even thought, what was I to do, maybe work in a taxi? I’m not kidding about where to go. I had two small children, ‘the president noted.

‘Therefore, when I was offered a position to move to Moscow and take up legal affairs in the administration of the president’s affairs, I agreed and I came,’ he added.

In Recent History, Putin also spoke of at least one CIA officer who served as advisers to the government in the 1990s.

‘Among these advisers was not one, probably, but one was definitely a cadre of the US Central Intelligence Agency, who had no right to engage in commercial activities in accordance with the laws of his country. Ultimately, the case turned into lawsuits. In the course of this trial, it turned out that he was a career officer of the CIA,’ Putin said.

The fact that CIA officers worked in the Russian government in the 1990s was reported by Putin the day before, during a meeting of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights. Then he clarified that in the early 2000s, after becoming president, ‘he had already cleaned out everyone.’

In the 1970s-1980s, Vladimir Putin was an employee of the KGB, working, among other things, in the line of foreign intelligence in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). In 1990, Putin, who speaks German returned to the USSR from Soviet Occupied Germany, refusing to move to the central foreign intelligence apparatus, and remained in Leningrad. In 1991, Putin resigned from the KGB.

In May 1990, after Anatoly Sobchak was elected chairman of the Leningrad City Council of People’s Deputies, Putin became his adviser. Later, Sobchak was elected to the post of mayor, and Putin moved to the post of chairman of the committee for external relations of the Leningrad mayor’s office.

Vladimir Putin worked in the mayor’s office until the summer of 1996, that is, until Sobchak’s defeat in the elections. After that, he was invited to work in Moscow, where he took the position of deputy head of the presidential affairs when the post was held by Pavel Borodin). Source

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