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Putin’s view of power was formed watching East Germany collapse

October 6, 2014

Mary Elise Sarotte

The Guardian
Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Twenty-five years ago this week tumultuous scenes were unfolding in the East German city of Dresden: inside the central station, tens of thousands of people clashed violently with police, army and Stasi forces. And the chances are high that a 36-year-old KGB officer named Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin would have followed the chaos with his own eyes.

The story of what happened in Dresden on 4 October was soon overshadowed by the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall a month later.

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