We all know Vladimir Putin as the tough Russian president who can make anyone crap their pants with his death stare. Before he became Russia’s main man, Putin was a Soviet spy based in former East Germany. Now, after years, his Stasi ID pass has been found in the police archives in Dresden. Putin has never been shy to show off his pride as a member of the KGB during the 1980s.
Reports suggest that the Stasi pass was found during a research into the close workings between the KGB and the Stasi. The card was issued in 1985, back when he was a major at the KGB. At the time, East Germany was under Russian occupation. The pass allowed him access into Stasi facilities, although he might not have spied for them.
The Stasi pass has Putin’s signature and a young black and white photo of him wearing a tie and a suit. On the other side of the pass, there are quarterly stamps that prove that it was in use till 1989, when protests led to East Germany’s collapse.
Stasi was the nickname for East German Ministry of State Security agents. Reports mention that the organization was infamous for its surveillance over ordinary people and often pressed them into spying on each other.