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Putin Denies Stealing Kraft’s Super Bowl Ring

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied suggestions he stole a special Super Bowl ring from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

The statement from Moscow came after the US businessman implied in a speech that the leader took the item of jewellery – which is now on display in the Kremlin – against his wishes.

“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’,” Mr Kraft was quoted by the New York Post as saying at an awards gala.

“I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

The diamond-encrusted ring, worth around $25,000 (£16,000) changed hands while Mr Kraft was visiting St Petersburg, in Russia, in 2005 with an American business delegation that met Mr Putin.

At the time, Mr Kraft had said he gave the ring as a gift.

[source: sky news]

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