Vladimir Putin moonlighted as taxi driver after Soviet collapse

Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that he once had a career as a taxi driver.

Mr Putin told local news that, after the Soviet Union fell in 1991, he was forced to moonlight as a taxi driver the max money.

Claiming it was due to tough economic times, he said: “Sometimes I had to moonlight and drive a taxi.

“It is unpleasant to talk about this but, unfortunately, this also took place.”

Talking about the fall of the union, which brought about an end to what he called “historical Russia”, he said that a great deal was lost with the fall of communism.

He said: “It was a disintegration of historical Russia under the name of the Soviet Union.

“We turned into a completely different country.

“And what had been built up over 1,000 years was largely lost.

“It was a major humanitarian tragedy.”

There are fears of Russian aggression on the border with Ukraine after Russian forces appeared to be gathering near there last week.

As the US closely monitors unrest between the bordering nations, Russia's deputy foreign minister has warned of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis repeating itself with a terrifying nuclear war a distinct possibility, we reported.

Sergei Ryabkov said: "If things continue as they are, it is entirely possible by the logic of events to suddenly wake up and see yourself in something similar."

Satellite images have picked up what looks like army tanks and a Buk anti-aircraft missile system in the Voronezh region, at the same time as naval tension in the Black Sea.

Space firm Maxar Technologies has also released images of supposed columns of Russian forces stationed in the Smolensk district, less than 200 miles away from the Ukrainian border.

Intelligence reports have revealed that at least 90,000 Russian soldiers, along with heavy artillery and tanks, are now in place on the Russian side or the border.

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