by Reg Green
A scholarly friend who saw in OUCH! that I’ve been reading Philip Short’s biography, Putin, called me this week to add a fascinating detail not reported in even that massive book. You may know of this encounter, though it was new to me, of the Russian leader with a passport control officer at the airport of a neighboring European country. Here it is in its entirety:
Passport control: What is your name?
VP: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
VP: No, just visiting.