Soldier, spy: more details of Vladimir Putin's past revealed

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Russian president, on a visit to a fortress, says he commanded a howitzer artillery battalion

Vladimir Putin has revealed that he commanded an artillery battalion during the Soviet period, a detail of his shadowy biography that was previously unknown.

Putin made the comment during a visit on Monday to St Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Fortress, where he pulled the lever on a cannon that fires a daily salute at noon over the Neva River.

“I received the rank of lieutenant as an artilleryman, as the commander of a howitzer artillery battalion… 122mm [calibre],” Putin said, according to video footage posted by the Kremlin. He gave no further details.

An official at the fortress congratulated the Russian president on a “wonderful” cannon shot.

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