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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Little Vlad Putin Skipped Homework Like Rest of Us

Eleven-year-old Vladimir Putin infuriated his gym teacher, skipped his math homework, nearly flunked drawing, and, in short, was "one of us", a popular Russian tabloid declared Monday.

In the year since the president took power, Russian and foreign media have dug for details of the Russian president's past, much of which has remained in the shadows because of his career as a one-time KGB spy.

The popular daily Komsomolskaya Pravda scored a coup Monday when it announced it had unearthed Putin's grade book in the attic of a small wooden house where he spent his childhood.

Alas, the evidence hardly bore signs of future greatness.

Throughout the 1963-64 school year, Putin did battle with his physical education teacher, who sent him out of class and punished him for forgetting his uniform.

Putin's marks were mediocre. On the Soviet five-point scale he got threes in arithmetic and natural science and a worrying two in drawing.

The only subject in which he scored a perfect five was history. But he also got a five for "behaviour", despite the pestering of his gym teacher.

If well-behaved, Putin still got up to mischief. He was caught exchanging notes with a boy named Bogdanov during lessons, and one day a teacher remarked: "Before class (Putin) threw chalkboard erasers at the children". His father was summoned to school after he got into a fight with an older boy.

Still, Komsomolskaya Pravda was happy with what it found.

"Leafing through Putin's grade book, we recalled ourselves and our own beloved old school," the newspaper wrote.

"The same gym teachers, falling on our heads from the parallel bars, idiotic drawing classes, fights in the bathroom and the hallway. Our president is one of us and grew up amongst us. Personally, this gives us hope."