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Putin reflects on Berlin Wall years in new documentary

Published time: January 02, 2010 02:40
Edited time: January 02, 2010 02:40
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has given an extended half-hour-long interview to a Russian journalist for his brand new documentary about the fall of Berlin Wall for the first time.

The documentary “The Wall”, which will feature the premier, was made by well-known Russian journalist and political analyst Vladimir Kondratev, who works for TV channel NTV, Kommersant Daily reports. The majority of Vladimir Putin’s interview to Kondratiev is reported to be in the movie.

The author of the film believes that Vladimir Putin significantly contributed to reuniting the German state, but this stage of Putin's biography is still classified and no specific facts can be obtained.
A rare report describing Putin's role in Berlin events describes how Putin persuaded demonstrators attacking the East German intelligence office in Dresden in 1989 not to attack the nearby KGB building.
Several years ago, Volker Getz, a witness of the siege of KGB office in Dresden, told “Vremya” news program on Russia’s Channel One some details of Putin’s conversation with the demonstrators. According to Getz, “the fair-haired officer with a pistol in his hands” declared that the building was Soviet territory, and that he will shoot those who dare to cross the border. “Later we learnt that this KGB officer became your president,” Getz said.

Vladimir Kondratev, 1947 – Soviet and then Russian political journalist, graduated from Leipzig University, worked in Germany for more than 11 years. In the late 1980s was heading a correspondent's bureau for Soviet “Gosteleradio,” managed television and radio broadcasts in the country. Now an information-service observer for Russian channel NTV.

Besides Putin, the first and last president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, the President of Germany from 1984-1994 Richard von Weizsäcker, the General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany and others also will be in the documentary.

For Prime Minister Putin, “The Wall” is not his first starring role. In 2007, then-president of Russia, he featured in a documentary dedicated to judo titled in Russia as “Judo with Vladimir Putin”.
“The Wall” will be premiered on November 8 on NTV to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that will be celebrated on the 9th of November.