Vladimir Putin reveals: I was a taxi driver for a while

On the 30th anniversary of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Russian president says that in the days after the collapse, when the economic situation was difficult, he drove paid foreigners to finish the month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin reveals in a new documentary that after the collapse of the Soviet Union he found himself working from time to time as a taxi driver to successfully finish the month. In a film called “Russia – Recent History” Putin says that the collapse of the Soviet Union was and remains a tragedy for most of its citizens.

The quotes from the film were quoted by the state-run Russian news agency Ria Novosti, according to which Putin says in it: “After all, what was the collapse of the Soviet Union? It was the collapse of historic Russia under the name ‘Soviet Union’.” Putin, who was a KGB agent, had previously expressed regret over the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and once even called it “the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century.”

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of Russia, which was the heart of the disintegrating power, had to deal with economic instability, and many of them sank into poverty during the transition from communism to capitalism. According to “Ria Novosti”, in the documentary Putin reveals that he too faced financial difficulties, and that from time to time found himself working as a taxi driver to increase his income: “Sometimes I had to make more money. That is, make more money in the car, as a private driver. To be honest – I do not like to talk about it, but, unfortunately, that was the situation. ”

The British Guardian notes that in the early 1990s taxis were a rare sight in Russia, and that many Russians used to drive foreigners for a fee to make money and slightly improve their economic situation.

Putin’s remarks come 30 years after the break-up of the Soviet Union, and at a time when Russia and the West are tense: Russia has recently deployed about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, where it supports pro-Russian separatists, and the US and Europe fear it is about to invade the country. For its part, it accuses the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of conducting alarming military activity close to Russia’s borders, and of attempting to expand to its gates through a future annexation of Ukraine and Georgia to the Alliance.

By Editor

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