US intelligence for 20 years watching Putin, but so far they do not know anything about the size of the state of the Russian president

Russian President Vladimir Putin has come under supervision of American intelligence long before took over as head of state, according to the newspaper The Times. According to the newspaper, Putin spying began in the early 1990s, when he was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. The newspaper refers to its own sources, without specifying them.

Despite the attention of special services in the US still do not know the size of the state of the Russian president, and that “where it can be hidden.” This, explains the source The Times, due to the fact that the White House had long been a priority “more important things” in particular, the establishment of relations with Russia.

July 12 German newspaper Bild reported that US intelligence agencies continued to monitor the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder after he resigned in 2005 because of his friendship with Putin.

It is believed that Schroeder and Russian leaders have long made up on friendly terms. In particular, in April 2014, former Chancellor of Germany celebrated his birthday in the company of Putin. Also, since the beginning of Ukrainian conflict, he openly supported Moscow’s position and criticized the European sanctions against Russia.

Vladimir Putin became president of Russia in 2000. He held this position until 2008 and then returned to the presidency in 2012, replacing it by Dmitry Medvedev, who is now the Prime Minister.

From 1998 to 1999, Putin was the director of the FSB of Russia. Before that, he worked in the Russian presidential administration, and in the early ’90s was the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Anatoly Sobchak. According to the official biography of Putin, he returned to the USSR from Dresden, where he served in the intelligence of the KGB, in 1990.

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