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Putin As A Young Man

In March, we blogged about a picture making the rounds that possibly shows a KGB-era Putin as a "tourist" meeting U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

There's another one in a "Wall Street Journal" piece on Putin's past from 2007. It has a great photo of Putin as a KGB recruiter in East Germany in the mid 1980s.

Check it out here.

CORRECTION: I didn't read my colleague's email properly and the "Wall Street Journal" piece wasn't from "today" as I had originally, but from 2007. Fixed in the text. Sorry.

-- Luke Allnutt

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