Fascinated by spy thrillers, Putin, at the age of 16, wanted to volunteer at the Leningrad KGB. Initially, he was told by a KGB officer to get a law degree if he wanted to be an intelligence officer. In 1970, he enrolled in Leningrad State University.
On his personal website, Putin said: “We had a class of 100 people, and only 10 of them entered immediately after high school, the rest had already completed military service. So for us, the high-school graduates, only one out of 40 was admitted. I got four out of five for the essay, but top marks for everything else, so I passed.”
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