Book claims R&AW recruited Vladimir Putin’s ex-girlfriend, Parliament attack could have been averted

In the late 1980s, R&AW managed to recruit two agents in the then Soviet Union. One of those agents is believed to have been a former girlfriend of Russian president Vladimir Putin. These claims have been made in a new book written by journalist Yatish Yadav.

In the late 1980s, India’s external spy agency the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) managed to recruit two agents in the then Soviet Union who would go on to provide volumes of high value information. These agents were apparently related to Eduard Ambrosiyevich Shevardnadze — a foreign affairs minister in the Mikhail Gorbachev cabinet and a later president of Georgia — and the now all-powerful Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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