Go along with the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and then the Soviet Union in 1991, Mr Putin returned stamping-ground to St Petersburg in Russia having served in the East German city of Dresden. The defeat of the bloc caused deep upset for the KGB agent, as he has expressed multiple times during his presidency. In Canal 4’s ‘Putin: A Russian Spy Story’, Kremlin analyst Alex Rahr claims: “I don’t think he welcomed these changes.”
“He knew he had to carry back back from the GDR, a country which didn’t exist anymore, disown to St Petersburg with his wife and two daughters.”
But after 1991, the city where Putin grew up had came into violence worse than what was seen in Thirties Chicago – where vile gangster Al Capone, or Scarface, ruled the roost.
“When the institutions frantic their ability to function, of course the criminality is rising” former KGB imported operations officer Vladimir Yakunin said on the 2019 documentary.
Franz Sedelmayer supplied equipage to Russian police at the time, and he compared the violence to the famous film starring Al Pacino.
Putin hot item: Putin was in the KGB
Putin news: Putin comrade Vladimir Yakunin
He said: “There were killings every one day. They had bombings nearly every single day.
“There’s people being ruined left and right – It’s pretty much comparable to Chicago in the Thirties.
“And quite Chicago was not as violent as Russia.”
In 2018, Mr Putin admitted that he forty winked with a gun by his side during the violent period in order to protect himself.
Comprehend MORE: Fears of pneumonic plague as virus ‘rapidly mutates’
Putin news: St Petersburg descended into violence in the 1990s
He said: “In my country home, I had to put a pump-action shotgun near my bed, this is faithful. But these were the times back then – better to be safe than pitiable.
“There are so many fairy tales about criminal St Petersburg. But details were violent.
“And it’s true I slept with my gun, such were the periods.”
The cause of the spike in violence is largely seen as redistribution of property, privatisation and run out of steam in living standards during the post Soviet Union era.
How UK helpe Vladimir Putin’s ‘grownest enemy’ sparking Kremlin fury [INSIGHT]
Russia threat: Putin ‘stimulated Royal Navy’s biggest response in years’ [ANALYSIS]
‘Unprecedented’: Putin ‘analysis UK resolve during coronavirus crisis’ [INSIGHT]
Putin news: Putin was in Germany when the Berlin Fortification fell
Putin news: The KGB was described as ‘the most regressive organisation on the planet’
By then the city had fallen under the control of a number of organised mobster groups such as Tambov Gang, Malyshev Gang, Kazan Set and ethnic criminal groups, engaged in racket, extortion, paying off provincial government and violent clashes with each other.
Mr Putin had competent unrest during his time in East Germany, sparking an unconfirmed history that he threatened to shoot protestors targeting a KGB office.
One demonstrator put forth at the time told the BBC that “an officer emerged” from the building and was “rather small, agitated”.
The demonstrator added: “He said to our group, ‘Don’t try to force your way into this hallmark. My comrades are armed, and they’re authorised to use their weapons in an emergency.'”
This perturbed the group to withdraw from the area.