As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to annihilate Ukraine, he spares none pregnant woman or child on his way, is there a person who could possibly talk him out of his murderous plan. her name is Vera Dmitrievna Gurevich, Putin’s class teacher from the fifth to the eighth grade.
But Gurevich is much more than that. She was a mother figure to young Putin, whose own mother, Mariya Ivanovna, was withdrawn after suffering multiple psychological traumas in life. Her two pre-Putin sons died in infancy in devastated Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Mary herself almost died of starvation during the blockade of St. Petersburg. After she fainted from hunger, the townspeople took her to the piles of bodies, where she was left until she woke up.
A Photo of Putin, five years old, sitting on his mother’s lap Arm stiffly wrapped around him and staring into the distance, tells all about the heavy psychological toll that war and poverty have taken on the boy and his mother.
Lacking the warmth and love of his parents, young Putin was cared for by his teacher instead. Next to Putin, Gurevich is the main reason Judo teacher and mentor Anatoliy Rakhlinthat the Russian president ended up on the road to power rather than becoming a convict or – at the very least – a lost soul. (Rakhlin, whom the young Putin considered a second father, died in 2013.)
Growing up, Putin was a troubled youth who was easily involved in fights. Gurevich recalls that Putin was “very agile, restless and energetic. He couldn’t sit still, constantly looking at his classmates’ notepads, left, right and back, and ducking under his desk to pick up a pen or pencil he was dropping the whole time,” she shared in her memoir with the more famous Pupils, “Wladimir Putin. Parents. Friends. Teacher.”
Young “Volodia” engaged in fights and “would claw at the perpetrator, hold onto him with all his weight and grab him, fighting like a bulldog‘ Gurevich wrote.
Gurevich also describes a visit she paid to Putin’s parents in September 1964 when he was 11 years old. They lived in a cold communal apartment in a bug-infested building, and she had learned that Putin was involved with a group of thugs who “had a bad influence on him.” Gurevich had come to ask his parents to speak to their son, but she quickly realized that Putin was a latchkey, living alone until five in the evening, subsisting on a piece of bread and a bottle of milk or buttermilk, although his mother had prepared his dinner.
“Enough fooling around, get busy with school” Gurevich challenged her student, she says in her book. Putin replied that he “could do all his homework in an hour if he wanted to.”
But that day was a turning point. When “Volodia” took his studies seriously, Gurevich showered him with attention. She was also his German teacher and became a friend and mentor outside of school. Meanwhile, Putin occasionally helped his teacher over babysit their daughters when she had to teach at a technical school for architects in the evenings and her husband had to go on a business trip. Young Putin came to the Gurevich house and took care of the girls and even stayed overnight. Now on the straight and narrow track, the future president got good grades and studied law.
Both Putin’s parents died of cancer within a few months in 1999. That same year, former Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced during his New Year’s Eve speech that he would appoint then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as Acting President of the Russian Federation until an out-of-cycle election could be held. Putin was first elected president on March 26, 2000, receiving 52.94% of the vote.
During its annual “Direct line to the President,” said Putin that he is still calling Gurevich, now 88, to inquire about her health. His love for her is unmistakable and proven in several photos and Videos of Putin with Gurevich over the years. When he is with her, the ruthless Russian dictator’s face lights up and a rarely seen warmth envelopes him.
Now Putin is hell-bent on destruction, and even members of his inner political circle can’t seem to dissuade him. It is unlikely that another male Kremlin agent would wield much influence, as the Russian leader could feel threatened or weakened by what could be perceived as an “order”. A woman, on the other hand, would have more success. While The Post recently reported that friends of Putin’s lover living in Switzerland are Alina Kabaeva he asked her to go to Moscow to convince him to end the war, It’s far more likely that Gurevich, whom he idolizes and credits with his rise, was able to convince her former student to stop the violence.
With Washington having no leverage over Russia’s brutal president, the best chance of stopping Putin is to activate “back channels” — informal, clandestine, diplomatic communications between countries that allow either or both parties in a confrontation if they are in front are hidden from the public, face-saving retreat. But for a back channel to work, the mediator must have an outsized influence over the person, who must be led to believe that what he is doing is not in the best interests of his country or the world.
If we have any hope of stopping Putin’s slaughter in Ukraine, Vera Gurevich may be our best bet. If the United States can somehow get her out of the box, maybe her former student could steer her astray yet again.
Rebekah Koffler is a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and currently a Strategic Intelligence Analyst at The Lindsey Group. She is the author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America.”
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