Is the Dork on the Left Vladimir Putin?

Ha, Barack Obama's official photographer thinks he snapped this shot of a young Vladimir Putin standing there dressed like a big old nerd, ready to meet Ronald Reagan, 21 years ago in Moscow. Conspiracy?

The photographer Pete Souza says he's sure the goofy looking dude on the left with the camera around his neck and the blond hair is Putin (more recent pic here), while he was a KGB spy. The Russians deny it and are reportedly "furious" about the emergence of this picture for some reason, maybe because it proves that Vladimir Putin was once a big fan of John Ritter?
[Telegraph via VV]