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Vladimir Putin’s ’emotional chaos’ childhood laid bare: ‘Mean, hungry, impoverished’




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Ultimately, anything but a declaration of victory would be considered a failure for Putin, as parts of the Russian population begin to turn against him.

Putin is frequently labelled a ‘narcissist’ by many of the world’s politicians and political commentators.

This label, according to psychotherapist Joseph Burgo, might actually offer a deeper insight into the man whose shocking invasion of Ukraine has cost thousands of lives already.

Mr Burgo, author of ‘The Narcissist You Know’ and ‘Why Do I Do That?’ among others, wrote in The Atlantic in 2014 that narcissism is a “severe psychological disorder that always takes root in childhood, where family life is marked by trauma and emotional chaos.

“When his earliest experiences drastically depart from what is normal or expectable, a child grows up with a painful feeling of internal defect.

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Putin grew up in Leningrad, just after the brutal siege. (Image: GETTY)

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Destruction in Kyiv as negotiation talks begin to show small signs of hope. (Image: GETTY)

“He comes to feel that there is something damaged and shameful about himself, an ‘ugliness’ that must be concealed.”

As a result, he develops a “defensive identity to his unconscious shame” and proves to himself and to others that he is, in fact, a winner.

Putin’s childhood is reportedly similar to what one might expect from a narcissist.

Putin was born in Leningrad (modern day St Petersburg) in 1952, eight years after a brutal attack on the city had left it in disarray and claimed more than a million lives.

Both his parents had survived the siege, but his father was severely disabled from injuries sustained in battle, and his mother had almost died from starvation.


Women taking water flowing from broken water mains in wartime Leningrad. (Image: GETTY)

They had already lost one son during infancy several years before World War 2 began, and their second son had died in an orphanage shortly after it ended.

Mr Burgo wrote: “Vladimir was born into this atmosphere of hunger, disability and profound grief.”

Masha Gessen, Mr Burgo said, paints a “grim picture” of Putin’s childhood in her 2013 biography of the Russian President.

She wrote that post-siege Leningrad was a “mean, hungry, impoverished place that bred mean, hungry, ferocious children”.

Mr Burgo added the complex in which the Putin family lived was typical of the port city during the post-war years.

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A class photo with Vladimir Putin, (first row, third from right) dated 1964-65. (Image: GETTY)

He wrote: “Crumbling stairwells and courtyards strewn with trash. Cramped, filthy and crowded rooms.

“Families piled on top of the other, sharing and fighting over a communal kitchen in the hallway.”

Ms Gessen said Putin’s father worked in a factory, and his mother carried out a number of “backbreaking” jobs in a desperate attempt simply to survive.

Childcare was almost non-existent, so Putin spent “an increasingly large part of his time in the communal courtyard below, a space dominated by drunken thugs, cursing, and fistfights”.

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Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia. (Image: GETTY)

Mr Burgo’s research had found that many prominent figures displaying narcissistic personality disorders had been childhood bullies, and may also have been bullied by others.

He wrote: “Though younger and smaller than many of them, Putin fought back against the courtyard thugs and became something of a bully himself.

“With an explosive temper and thin skin, Putin regularly took offence, instantly lashing out with violence.”

While Putin’s behaviour appears to support the narcissism theory, Mr Burgo offered a series of possible alternative explanations.

His desire to reunite former Soviet republics could be explained as a response to the “dispersal of ethnic Russians in Eastern Europe” following the collapse of the USSR.

Likewise, the action man-esque photographs of him topless on a horse might be explained by some as a “symptom of grandiose self-image”.

However, Mr Burgo suggested: “Maybe he just took his shirt off because it was hot that day.”

Nonetheless, Mr Burgo said: “Putin may or may not be a clinical narcissist, but it may be wise just to treat him like one either way.”



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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