Putin's boy troubles

The president of Russia scars a young boy for life.

By Kl

Published July 10, 2006 12:57PM (EDT)

Russian President Vladimir Putin finally answered questions about why he paused in a Kremlin courtyard recently to pull up a small boy's shirt and kiss him on the belly. "He seemed to me very independent, very serious, but at the same time a boy is always vulnerable," Putin told reporters. "He was very sweet. I'll be honest, I felt an urge to squeeze him like a kitten and that led to the gesture that I made. There was nothing behind it really." Tell that to the kid in 20 years, pal, when he's drinking too much, and unable to hold down a job or maintain any sort of personal relationship.

By Kl


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