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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Flies to Father's Funeral




Around the time Vladimir Putin learned he would become Russia's new acting prime minister he also heard his father had died.


Putin, a former KGB spy with a reputation for tight-lipped impassivity, has made no public mention of his father's death.


It has not been disclosed officially, although there was a single line with no details in a weekly newspaper Tuesday.


His new press office, in the government's White House headquarters, said it had no information about his father.


But his former receptionist at the Kremlin's advisory Security Council said Putin flew to St. Petersburg last Friday - a day after President Boris Yeltsin told him he would be prime minister - to attend the funeral on Saturday.


He returned to Moscow on Sunday and took up his new job after Yeltsin announced it Monday.


Until then, Putin had headed the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the KGB's main successor, and oversaw the Security Council as its secretary.


An FSB spokesman also confirmed Putin's father had been buried over the weekend but had no details.


"He's a guy who can hold a lot in," the Security Council receptionist, who gave his name as Pavel, said by telephone.