Is that you, Vlad? Rare photos show Putin as you’ve NEVER seen him before

PutinAVALON.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 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. 

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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.

Tue, August 1, 2017 Before rising to power as one of the most infamous leaders in the world, Putin was a playful, hipster-dressing man in love
Vladimir Putin as a young man. Photographed in 1983

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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

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