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Putin vs. Patriots

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies Robert Kraft's claim that he stole his championship ring

By: Daniel Koren
Published: June 16th, 2013 in News » World
Robert Kraft

Vladimir Putin has made headlines yet again this week, only this time, it wasn't in regards to a controversial new government policy or to new images of him riding a horse bareback and climbing trees in southern Siberia.

In what is truly a bizarre story, the owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, insinuated that the Russian President stole his $25,000 Super Bowl XXXIX ring in 2005 while Kraft and a number of other prominent American business men were visiting St. Petersburg.

"I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft said to a large crowd outside Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria earlier this week. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."

Putin has denied the allegations, claiming the Super Bowl ring was a gift from Kraft.

"What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," answered Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Putin. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."

Peshov added that the ring is currently in the Kremlin's library along with all official state gifts.

Following the incident in 2005, Kraft had released a statement confirming that the ring was in fact a gift. However, Kraft now claims that he did so only because when the Bush administration asked him to do so in an effort to avoid an international scandal. And of course, he felt it was his patriotic duty to do so.

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