Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims that he was a Soviet spy are false, a new expose has claimed.
And according to German investigators, he was actually plodding pen-pusher.
German investigators who examined the Mad Vlad's background found his exploits as a KGB agent had been exaggerated.
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While the war mad despot claims he was conducting vital missions in Dresden, East Germany, in the 1980s, it turns out he was actually performing “banal” administrative work in an officer, German news outlet Spiegel has discovered.
According to the magazine, the despot's chief role was “sorting through travel applications for West German relatives or searching for potential informants among foreign students".
The 70-year-old, who was 32 when he was eventually sent to Dresden in 1985, was tasked with supporting East Germany's Stasi secret police, however the mission failed when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
This led to the collapse of the Soviet Union two years later, despite stories of Putin's alleged heroism have become legendary in Russia.
In 1989 he was said to have single-handedly faced down protesters planning to storm KGB headquarters, but Spiegel claims that this probably never happened.
“According to one version a single small man stood at the entrance to the nearby Stasi headquarters and watched the spectacle from a safe distance,” Spiegel said.
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“It cannot be proved the current Russian president was even there.”
Spiegel said witnesses quoted on Putin's other alleged KGB heroics could "not be trusted".
A story about him helping anarchists in West Germany to plot assassinations was based on testimony from a serial liar with a criminal record.
Another tale of how he had groomed a German neo-Nazi leader into an informant was based on interviews with a former Stasi agent who has since admitted he embellished his statements.
The magazine said there was nothing in Stasi archives to suggest Putin was anything other than risk-averse.
“Facts and fiction sometimes seem to blur.” Spiegel said.
“Today's Russian president was probably not a top agent.”
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