Vladmir Putin has stated that he will replace Robert Kraft's Super Bowl Ring the New England Patriots' owner claimed was stolen by the Russian President during a brief encounter in 2005. Although Putin has said he doesn't ever even meeting Kraft, the
Dictator President has said he will replace the trophy ring with something bigger and better. Putin explained that since the "souvenir" is "such a valuable thing" to Kraft, he is going to ask his "enterprises to craft a really good, noticeable thing — so that it is clear that is is expensive, made of a good metal, with a rock — so that the jewel is passed on from generation to generation."
(Meanwhile, the original ring is on display in a Moscow library devoted to gifts.)
Putin continued to say (with a hint of a smile!), "I think that this would be the most intelligent...solution to such a difficult international problem." Did "macho-man" Putin just douce his comment with thinly veiled sarcasm?
Although Russia's most powerful bachelor (Putin has recently announced his divorce so watch out ladies!) doesn't remember the whole ring-taking incident, Kraft on the other hand says he has a clear memory of it. During Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala this month Kraft told the crowd of the awkward encounter he had when Putin allegedly took his diamond incrusted ring.
“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, I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out....I had an emotional tie to the ring, it has my name on it."”
Billionaire Kraft made a might big deal of the incident at first, he said the Bush White House told him to
get over downplay the issue in the interest of international relations. And so, Kraft called the 25,000 ring a "gift" to Putin.
The scandal has dominated coverage of Putin for over a week, with analysts taking it as a sign of the leader's ruthlessness and love of luxury. After all, the Russian President has made it clear that if he likes it then he's gonna "Putin" ring on it.