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When Ronnie Met Vlady: Reaganís Unlikely Encounter with Putin as a KGB Agent
Independent Journal Review ^ | 3-6-14 | Kyle Becker

Posted on 03/06/2014 3:35:42 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

On a presidential visit to Russia, Ronald Reagan had an unlikely encounter with a KGB agent posing as a tourist: future Russian president Vladimir Putin (pictured above with a camera around his neck).

Iconic Photos (via Tabitha Hale of Rare) has the backstory for the photo:

(Excerpt) Read more at ijreview.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: kgb; putin; reagan; sovietunion

In May 1988, President Ronald Reagan travelled to Moscow for his 4th summit with Mikhail Gorbachev. The Soviets prepared a grand welcome; buildings across from the Kremlin were repainted, streets repaved and trees and flowers planted along the boulevards. [...]

The most telling incident was only revealed 20 years later. In the above photo, the man with the camera around his neck standing behind the boy was the current Russian Prime Minister (and former president) Vladimir Putin. He was pretending to be a tourist on his capacity as a KGB agent.

1 posted on 03/06/2014 3:35:43 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

At the time, Vladimir Putin worked in the KGB’s Foreign Intelligence Directorate.

At the time he was stationed in the German Democratic Republic. Was he on home leave? More questions.


2 posted on 03/06/2014 3:40:47 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

At least Putin got to see a real American President.


3 posted on 03/06/2014 3:47:28 AM PST by sgtyork (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy)
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To: goldstategop; afraidfortherepublic

Interesting. How was this confirmed as Putin? To my eyes, that may, or may not be him.


4 posted on 03/06/2014 3:50:24 AM PST by OldNewYork
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Ah, the dreaded red X. I assure you that that picture showed up when I first posted it.

This one shows in the preview. We'll see if it stays posted.

5 posted on 03/06/2014 3:52:21 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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Ah, the dreaded red X. I assure you that that picture showed up when I first posted it.

This one shows in the preview. We'll see if it stays posted.

6 posted on 03/06/2014 3:52:21 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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When you have a full head of hair, you look notably younger. Putin was 35 years old at the time the photo was taken. He was born October 7, 1952. Both Putin and me where born in the same month ten years apart. I’m ten years younger than him. :)


7 posted on 03/06/2014 3:54:37 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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8 posted on 03/06/2014 4:01:42 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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Seriously, I think Souza is wrong.

A mid-ranking KGB officer wouldn’t be brought back home to pose as a tourist.

The man looks nothing like Putin, who had thinner hair. They’re denying it in Moscow.

No one can really be certain who the mystery man in the photo might be.

And Putin was on assignment in Dresden in the late 1980s.


9 posted on 03/06/2014 4:09:43 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He looks more like the boy’s dad if you ask me.


10 posted on 03/06/2014 4:20:38 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: goldstategop

To be fair, I had thicker hair in 1988 (come to think of it, I HAD hair in 1988).


11 posted on 03/06/2014 4:31:38 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: goldstategop

Doesn’t look like Putin to me. The nose sticks out (pardon my pun) as not right.


12 posted on 03/06/2014 4:36:24 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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Doesn’t look like Putin to me. The nose sticks out (pardon my pun) as not right.

I agree. Here's a pic of Vlad when he was a kid. Nose of the camera guy doesn't look right to me at all.


13 posted on 03/06/2014 4:44:31 AM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: OldNewYork

I don’t think that’s Putin. The nose doesn’t seem right.

The guy is holding an old Russian Zenit camera....heavy as a brick those Zenits were.


14 posted on 03/06/2014 5:01:10 AM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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15 posted on 03/06/2014 5:04:22 AM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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16 posted on 03/06/2014 5:09:30 AM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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