Putin was wifebeating philanderer, documents allege
Published 03/11/2011 | 05:00
VLADIMIR Putin abused his wife and "had numerous sexual affairs" when he was a high-ranking KGB officer in Dresden, German secret service documents have alleged.
The documents from the archive of the BND, Germany's spy agency, paint a dark picture of the Russian prime minister, who plans to return to the presidency next year.
An agent posing as an interpreter for Ludmilla Putina, Mr Putin's wife, told the BND that the then 33-year-old spy chief was a "wifebeater and a philanderer" during his time in the German city from 1985 to 1990.
The information surfaced in the newspaper 'Berliner Zeitung'. The BND agent, code-named Balcony, apparently because of her large breast size, gained the confidence of Mrs Putina and became something of an agony aunt to her. Mrs Putina, angered by her treatment at the hands of her husband, said her husband was prone to violence and extramarital affairs.
The German newspaper 'Bild' said the allegations of philandering added substance to long-standing speculation that when the Putins left East Germany in 1990 following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Mr Putin left behind an illegitimate child.
By then the BND, fearful that Balcony's cover might be blown, had withdrawn her to West Germany where she retired from the service.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Mr Putin, dismissed the allegations as "complete nonsense". (© Daily Telegraph, London)