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Putin was so grateful to his former Jewish teacher that he bought her a fully furnished Tel Aviv apartment

The Russian president was so grateful to his former German teacher that he bought her an apartment in Tel Aviv, and filled it with appliances.

Michal Margalit, Polina Garaev
Meet Mina Yuditskaya, Vladimir Putin’s former high-school teacher, who now lives in Tel Aviv in an apartment her former student, the Russian president, bought for her.

In the late 1960s Mina Yuditskaya Berliner was a German teacher in High School #281 in Saint Petersburg, then Leningrad. Between 1967 and 1968, among her numerous students, there was a quiet and serious teen, who cut classes but always aced tests. After graduation he went his own way and Yuditskaya made aliyah, not imagining that their paths will cross again – until she saw him on television.

It was in the late 1990s. Her former student was standing next to then-Russian president Boris Yeltsin, and was described as the head of Russia’s security service. Her former student’s name is Vladimir Putin, and in the 15 years that have passed since Yuditskaya saw him, the once bashful youngster became one of the world’s most powerful and controversial figures.

President Putin’s teacher, Mina Yuditskaya (Photo: Ido Erez)
President Putin’s teacher, Mina Yuditskaya (Photo: Ido Erez)

Yuditskaya probably couldn’t foresee her student’s fate when he first came back into her life on the screen of her television set. She also almost certainty didn’t anticipate that she will eventually get to meet him in person, and the two would even go on to form an unusual bond.


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