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In 1970, Vladimir Putin was admitted to law department at Leningrad State University.
“We had a class of 100 people, and only 10 of them entered immediately after high school, the rest had already completed military service.
“Fairly quickly, I left for special training in Moscow, where I spent a year.
Then I returned again to Leningrad, worked there in the First Main Directorate – the intelligence service.
I realised that I also needed to study well,” Vladimir Putin says.“We lived simply - cabbage soup, cutlets, pancakes, but on Sundays and holidays my Mom would bake very delicious stuffed buns [pirozhki] with cabbage, meat and rice, and curd tarts [vatrushki],” Mr Putin says.His mother did not approve of his decision to do judo.His teacher, Vera Gurevich, recalls, “In the fifth grade, he still hadn’t found himself yet, but I could feel the potential, the energy and the character in him.I saw that he had a great deal of interest in language; he picked it up easily. I thought, something good will come of this boy, so I decided to give him more attention, to distract him from the boys on the streets.” Until the sixth grade, Vladimir Putin was not very interested in studying, but his teacher Vera Gurevich saw that he could do better and get higher grades.