President of Russia Vladimir Putin visited a former representative of the KGB of the USSR under the Ministry of State Security of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, GDR) Lazar Matveyev. The head of state congratulated Matveev, under whose leadership he worked in the second half of the 1980s in Dresden, on his 90th birthday.
The president came home to Matveyev in Zhulebino along with his colleagues in the DDR – Nikolai Tokarev, who heads “Transneft”, and Sergei Chemezov, now the head of “Rostekh”.
Putin congratulated the former resident on his jubilee and on the upcoming Victory Day, proposing to raise a toast to the health of the jubilee. He gave Matveyev a presidential watch, as well as a copy of the newspaper Pravda, released in 1927 on the birthday of the hero.
As reported in the biographical information of Putin on the Kremlin’s website, in 1985-1990 he served in the territorial intelligence service in Dresden. On length of service he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and in the post to the senior assistant to the chief of the department. In 1989, Putin was awarded a bronze medal “For outstanding service to the National People’s Army of the GDR”.
Original: Путин навестил своего бывшего руководителя по работе в Дрездене