Putin links grandpa to Lenin and Stalin

Central Station | 13 Mar 2018

Vladimir Putin's paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet.

In the two-hour documentary, entitled Putin, the Russian strongman said Spiridon Putin was a valued member of Stalin's staff. The wartime Soviet leader, who died in 1953, conducted extensive purges in his three decades in power.

"[He] was a cook at Lenin's and later at Stalin's, at one of the dachas [country houses] in the Moscow area," Putin says.

Spiridon Putin is said to have cooked for the Soviet establishment until before he died in 1965 at age 86. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the film's information was accurate.

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