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Wednesday, June 29, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Putin pockets Pats owner’s Super Bowl ring

Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring, but was it a generous gift or a very expensive international misunderstanding?

Following a meeting of American business executives and Putin at Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg on Saturday, Kraft showed the ring to Putin — who tried it on, put it in his pocket and left, said Russian news reports.

It isn’t clear yet if Kraft, whose business interests also include paper and packaging companies and venture capital investments, intended that Putin keep the ring.


h/t: Betsy’s Page.

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1 Comment

  1. Kraft claims it is a “gift.” It should more properly be understood as a bribe.

    The US has laws against US businesses engaging in this sort of thing, namely the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    In the name of protecting shareholder interest, the Dept. of Justice should investigate this immediately.

    Comment by DickCheney — Thursday, June 30, 2005 @ 5:50 pm

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