Putin Denies Stealing Kraft's Super Bowl Ring

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When New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft met with then-Russian President Vladmir Putin in 2005, he showed off his Super Bowl ring. Kraft told a crowd last week Putin put the ring on, and said, "I can kill someone with this ring." He then put it in his pocket, and walked away. The Kremlin says the ring was a gift.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

When New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft met with then-Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005, he showed off his new bling, his Super Bowl ring. And this is where the stories diverge. Kraft told a crowd, last week, that Putin put the ring on and said, I can kill someone with this ring. He then put it in his pocket and he walked away. For their part, a Kremlin spokesman says this whole thing is weird and that the ring was most definitely a gift.

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