Unearthed Photo Allegedly Shows Putin Spying on Reagan

Toward the end of the Cold War, Reagan visited Moscow with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.  His photographer, Pete Souza, snapped pictures during the visit, while Reagan made his way around Red Square.  Below is one of the photos he took.

atlanta georgia speed datingReagan Greeting Young Child in Moscow.

Now, if you look closely at the tourist directly behind the young boy, he bears a striking resemblance to none other than Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.

In his early days, Souza alleges, Putin worked for the KGB, and was sent to ask the U.S. President very sepcific questions, possibly even humiliating questions, all while presenting himself as though he was just another spectator.   He says that during the visit, he remembers being very surprised at the “pointed” questions the tourists were asking.

Mr Souza says that a secret service officer told him the tourists were in fact “all KGB families.”

Clearly, the tourist in the photo bears a resemblance to Putin.  But, many say that it is simply not possible.  While the planting of KGB officers as bystanders was a common practice in Soviet times, people familiar with Putin say it could not have been him.

Andrey Piontkovsky, a Russian political analyst and author of books on Vladimir Putin, says that the claims being made by Souza are ridiculous.  “Vladimir Putin was a major serving in Dresden and he wasn’t important enough at that time to be brought to Moscow” .

It is almost certain that we’ll never know for sure if Putin was spying on Reagan for the KGB on that day.  But, it seems to me that if it is not him in the photo, Moscow officials are not doing themselves any favors by being so outraged at its release.