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Mr. Reagan, Meet Mr. Putin

Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library
Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library
Hey! Who's that dour-looking dude on the left?

There's a 20-year-old photo making the rounds on the tubes showing U.S. President Ronald Reagan taking a stroll through Red Square during his May 1988 visit to Moscow.

In the photo, Reagan was approached by a group of "tourists" -- who were in reality KGB members and their families -- who asked him about human rights in the United States.

Reagan's photographer, Pete Souza, told NPR in January that he has confirmed that the blonde-haired man in the striped shirt on the left was none other than Vladimir Putin, then a KGB colonel.

You can listen to Souza, who is now U.S. President Barack Obama's official photographer, talk about the photo by clicking the audio link in the NPR story here.

And then decide for yourself whether it really is Putin.

UPDATE: Compare with photos of young Putin and Putin with family.

-- Brian Whitmore

Tags: reagan,square,red,United States,Vladimir Putin,Russia

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by: na from: Canada
March 16, 2009 14:31
Lookm more like their vice Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov to me...

by: jolyon curran from: santa barbara, ca
March 16, 2009 19:46
Don't you have anything better to write about? This seems a total waste of tax payer's money. Fire the damn editor who allowed this to get put on the web - and get back to writing serious journalism. I could get something dumb like this at a supermarket check-out.<br /><br /><br />

by: Yandunts.blogspot
March 16, 2009 19:55
If Souza is talking about the guy with a camera then he doesnt look like Putin. Putin has a very peculiar shape to his nose (see especially the 1988 picture at link &quot;Putin with family&quot;). This guy has a straight nose. Also Putin has thinner hair and smaller chin.<br /><br />On the other hand, the guy in middle with glasses and two nametags is unmistakenly Rudy Perina, who was then NSC Director for European and USSR affairs.

by: Gavin from: UK
March 17, 2009 05:43
That's not Putin.

by: Ivo
March 17, 2009 08:16
Yeah, that guy with the cam is too good-looking to resemble weasel-faced Putin.

by: Jack from: NY
March 17, 2009 15:19
And the guy 2nd from left must be Dmitri Medvedev!

by: mo
March 17, 2009 17:03
no way.

by: Bill Jackson from: San Fransisco
March 17, 2009 18:51
Why do you say &quot;dour looking&quot;? Is there one person in the photo who looks jolly by comparison?<br /><br />By the way, when are you going to change your tagline? &quot;unfree societies&quot; I can understand why you &quot;Russophobes&quot; would like think that Russia is &quot;unfree&quot; but I would think that the Saakaphiles would object to Georgia being on the list.<br /><br />

by: Slim Shady from: USA
March 18, 2009 13:40
@jolyon curran-Please explain how this article is a waste of taxpayer's money.I'm thinking this should be interesting...

by: Frodo
March 18, 2009 13:46
Well, does not look like Gollum to me.
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