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Putin in St Petersburg: Tracing the Russian president’s younger days

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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes pride in his native city, St Petersburg. And special tours offer a glimpse into the longtime leader’s ties to the metropolis on the Gulf of Finland. “I don’t offer gossip on the private life of Putin, on the number of his illegitimate children,” Yuri Nezhinskij clarifies right at the start. The historian notes that has a doctorate and only works with original sources. Nezhinskij doesn’t focus on Putin only as a political figure, whose critics have also repeatedly demonstrated by the thousands in the city on the Neva River, lending it the nickname Venice o…

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