Who is Vladimir Putin? Part 1: The grandson of Stalin’s cook who became a lieutenant colonel in the KGB. “All our hopes are now pinned on him”

An afterthought, spoiled and coddled by his mother and beaten by his father. A troublemaker at school and a fighter on the street. A dreamer who, under the spell of a propaganda film, wants to become a KGB spy and who, with iron discipline and study zeal, ends up in the waning days of communism in the GDR and experiences the shocked collapse of the great Soviet Union in the front row. It is there that the future of Vladimir Putin (69), president of Russia and now the Evil Genius who set fire to Kiev, is born – notably the city where he went on his honeymoon.