AVALON.REDNew photos show a never-before-seen side to Russian leader Vladimir Putin
The photos reveal a gentler side to the fearsome leader, in a range of activities not usually associated with the steely Russian president.
Vladimir Putin is shown playing with his dog, cuddling up to his wife on his wedding day and with his mother as a young boy.
They span Mr Putin’s early years, from his school days to his marriage with Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya and the birth of his children.Related articles
Mr Putin is pictured as a child in several of the snaps, which date to the 1950s.
One snap shows him sat on his mother Maria Ivanovna Putina’s knee as he looks at the camera with a forlorn expression.
She was a factory worker while his father was a conscript in the Soviet Navy, serving in the submarine fleet during the early 1930s.
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Vladimir Putin as a young man. Photographed in 1983
Another early photo shows him in the back row of a school photo, making an equally serious expression.
By the age of 14 in 1966, Mr Putin appears to be showing a little more of his