Putin: 'Stolen' Super Bowl Ring Was a Gift, OK?
Do not make him repeat it, either.
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is out a $25,000 Super Bowl ring. Maybe Tom Brady can lend him one.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin may be newly single (or not!), but CNN reports that he's taking exception to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's assertion that he's got sticky fingers. The Russian president today denied pilfering Kraft's Super Bowl ring during his 2005 visit to St. Petersburg, helpfully clarifying that Kraft clearly gave the $25,000 ring as a gift. "What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," says a spokesman. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift." And just to prove it, the jewelry in question is in the Kremlin's library—along with all the other state "gifts."

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