Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 6/15/13
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has finally revealed the real story behind a 2005 meeting with Vladimir Putin, during which the Russian president reportedly made off with his $25,000 Super Bowl ring. At the time, Kraft claimed the diamond-encrusted piece of bling was a gift, but he now admits Putin stole it, and the White House intervened when he demanded it back, reports The New York Post. Kraft — speaking at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel Thursday — explained that the incident happened while he and other business executives were at the Konstaninovsky Palace in St. Petersburg. "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,'"Kraft told the crowd."I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out." At the time, Kraft released a statement: "President Putin, a great and knowledgeable sports fan, was clearly taken
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