And what a tarnished legacy it was. It was startling to see Solzhenitsyn, the chronicler of the gulag, chatting with Putin, a career KGB officer. A month later, in an interview with the German magazine Spiegel, Solzhenitsyn explained that Putin "was not a KGB investigator, nor was he the head of a camp in the gulag," but rather an officer in foreign intelligence, an honorable career in many countries. But what about Putin' s dad, who fought on the side of the Nazi's. Good thing younger Putin did not want to kiss Solzhenitsyn on his belly, who knows what would have come out of that, purrrrrrrrr!!!! :-))) Not sure how kissing children's bellies ranked in Nazi guidebook? How would elder Putin look upon all this? And who has been kissing your cute belly, oh Mr. former Mr. President?
Never mind that, whatever division he worked in, Putin served in the same institution that hounded dissidents and sent people to the gulag; or that, after his ascent to power, he moved to restore the KGB and its predecessors to a place of honor in Russian history and society.
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