Dresden – 28 years after the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the Stasi Records Agency (BStU) thought it knew all the secrets from the past. However, newly discovered documents reveal that the former KGB officer and present ruler of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin (66), was a member of the infamous State Security Service until the fall of the Berlin wall!
Major Vladimir Putin, who was 33 at the time, received the ID on December 12, 1985 from the Ministry of State Security. The ID was renewed on a quaterly basis. It carried his signature and an official stamp and was valid until the end of 1989. The document was placed in a file at the former Stasi’s own department for Cadre and Training in Dresden.
Konrad Felber (65), Head of the Stasi Records Agency says: “Up to now, it was unknown that Putin who had worked as KGB agent in Dresden until 1990 was in possession of a Stasi ID. His name does not appear in the only file that lists all Soviet military personnel who had been given identity cards.“
What has been known is that KGB spy Putin was working in the KGB villa at 4 Angelika Street, in Dresden, with other agents. His wife Ljudmila, who was 25 at the time (they are now divorced), came over with their daughter Marija in the autum of that year. They lived in a six-storey panel house at 101 Radeberger Stree
But what did he need a Stasi ID for?
Felber: “Agents can hide under a variety of covers. Because he had an ID, he was able to enter and leave the department without any issues whenever he pleased. Police officers were saluting him due the powerful badge. I’m sure, it made it also easier for him to recruit new agents, since he didn’t have to reveal that he works for the KGB.”
It is unclear, why Putin didn’t destroy his ID and instead returned it before he went back to Moscow at the beginning of 1990.
By the way, Putin still has fond memories of his time in Dresden. He speaks German to Chancellor Merkel and she still sends him sometimes Radeberger beer to Moscow…