Vladimir Putin's East German Secret Police ID Card Unearthed

Whilst nobody should be surprised by the news, former KGB and FSB spy Vladimir Putin's ID card, issued by the East German Stasi secret police has been unearthed.

The Stasi, or Ministerium für Staatssicherheit was the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). It has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies ever to have existed. 

In a statement issued this week, the Stasi Records Agency (BStU) said that Mr Putin "received the pass so that he could carry out his KGB work in co-operation with the Stasi".

It is not known how many citizens died at the hands of the Stasi.

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Gary Cartwright

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