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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Stasi Reunions for Putin on Dresden Trip

BERLIN ? Next month President Vladimir Putin will go to the German city of Dresden, where he served in the 1980s as a KGB spy, for his first visit since Communist East Germany collapsed, an official said Thursday.

But the agent-turned-president will not trade memories with his colleagues from the East German Stasi security police during the Sept. 26-27 stay, a spokeswoman for the Saxony regional government said.

?He will definitely not meet old friends,? she said.

Former Stasi associates say Putin socialized mostly within his professional circles, suggesting a reunion would bring together Stasi veterans ? a potential diplomatic blunder in a nation where Stasi officers are often viewed as pariahs.

Putin worked from 1984 to 1990 as a Soviet KGB agent in the city that was known as Germany?s cultural capital until it suffered heavy damage at the end of World War II.

He is likely to have fond memories of Dresden, for it was during those years that he and his wife, Lyudmila, brought up their two baby daughters. Their nursery was just across from the pre-fabricated housing block where he lived in an elegant section of the city.

Several episodes from the past may bring back less welcome memories. Putin bungled his last assignment as a KGB officer in East Germany, causing the collapse of a spy ring.

On another occasion after the opening of the Berlin Wall, a mob surrounded the KGB headquarters located in a stately mansion and threatened to enter. In his memoirs, Putin said he passed himself off as a translator to fend off the crowd?s anger.

Putin, who speaks good German, will start his visit on September 25, holding talks with Chancellor Gerhard Schr?der in Berlin, and leave after his Dresden visit on Sept. 27.