The Anonymous Widower

Vlad’s Childhood

Out of curiosity, I looked up Vladimir Putin’s Wikipedia entry.

This is the first paragraph, in a section entitled Early Life.

Putin was born on 7 October 1952 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia), the youngest of three children of Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin (1911–1999) and Maria Ivanovna Putina (née Shelomova; 1911–1998). His grandfather, Spiridon Putin, was a personal cook to Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. Putin’s birth was preceded by the deaths of two brothers, Viktor and Albert, born in the mid-1930s. Albert died in infancy and Viktor died of diphtheria during the Siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany’s forces in World War II.

In my life, I’ve known two people, who’ve had their childhood disrupted by death.

  • With one, as with Putin two elder siblings died before they were born.
  •  With the other, their father died when they were about eight.

Both these people received therapy and now lead normal lives.

I’ve also heard many stories of similarly seriously disturbed children, from my late wife’s work as a barrister.

So I have to question, Vlad’s state of mind from his possibly disturbing childhood.

Putin’s Father

His grandfather too, probably had a similar status to say one of the Queen’s personal staff, but they would obviously have had different beliefs.

He would have probably made sure Putin’s father’s beliefs were spot-on.

This is the second paragraph in the Early Life section.

Putin’s mother was a factory worker and his father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy, serving in the submarine fleet in the early 1930s. Early in World War II, his father served in the destruction battalion of the NKVD. Later, he was transferred to the regular army and was severely wounded in 1942. Putin’s maternal grandmother was killed by the German occupiers of Tver region in 1941, and his maternal uncles disappeared on the Eastern Front during World War II.

The NKVD were the secret police and run by Beria.

This is an extract from Beria’s Wikipedia entry.

Beria was the longest-lived and most influential of Stalin’s secret police chiefs, wielding his most substantial influence during and after World War II. Following the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, he was responsible for organizing purges such as the Katyn massacre of 22,000 Polish officers and officials. Beria would later also orchestrate the forced upheaval of minorities from the Caucasus as head of NKVD, an act that was declared as genocidal by various scholars and, as concerning Chechens, in 2004 by the European parliament. He simultaneously administered vast sections of the Soviet state, and acted as the de facto Marshal of the Soviet Union in command of NKVD field units responsible for barrier troops and Soviet partisan intelligence and sabotage operations on the Eastern Front during World War II. Beria administered the expansion of the Gulag labour camps, and was primarily responsible for overseeing the secret detention facilities for scientists and engineers known as sharashkas.


  1. Like Stalin, he was another Georgian.
  2. The Katyn massacre took place near Kharkiv in Ukraine.

I don’t think he would be my type of friend.

Did Putin’s father relate the stories of the NKVD into his son?


I’m no psychologist, but I hope that NATO and other nations lined up against Russia behind Ukraine are analysing the character of the dangerous Vladimir Putin.

March 6, 2022 - Posted by | World | , , , ,


  1. I not sure you can draw conclusions about character from early experiences. My father died when I was six and I’m pretty sure I lead a ‘normal’ life even without therapy.

    Comment by JohnC | March 6, 2022 | Reply

  2. Very interesting. I take JohnC’s point – clearly lots of people have troubled, tragic or otherwise suboptimal early years yet turn out fine (or, in some cases merely apparently fine) – but, just as susceptibility to physical disease varies from person to person, so does susceptibility to mental distress and distortion. My wife is one of nine children: they had the same parents, the same upbringing, in the same place, yet they are so different from one another in character. Their upbringing moulded them all – but all in different ways.

    Another person whose father and grandparents are worth close examination is Donald Trump, especially their commitment to right-wing German nationalist causes. ‘The Donald’s’ views – including his admiration for the brutal, repressive, nationalistic ‘strongman’ – make a lot more sense in that context.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | March 6, 2022 | Reply

    • The first example I gave is now a psychologist and they told me, that their childhood left them with serious problems. But then they only grew up with their mother and not with a possibly psychotic former member of the NKVD.

      On a personal note my sister and myself have problems in our relationship and haven’t met for forty years. A psychologist put it all down to the way our screwed-up grandmother treated us.

      Comment by AnonW | March 6, 2022 | Reply

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