|Boy, kissed by Putin refuses to take bath
[ 2006-07-13 08:58 ]
ussian President Vladimir Putin lifts the shirt of a
young boy named Nikita and kisses his stomach June 28 at the Kremlin
in Moscow, in this image taken from Russian state television.
Vladimir Putin's decision to stop a small boy outside the Kremlin and
kiss his stomach was prompted by a desire to "touch him like a kitten,"
the Russian president said.
The 5-year-old boy, named Nikita Konkin, was clearly stunned by the
kiss and speculation over Putin's motivation has run
wild in the week since it happened.
Curious Internet users propelled the issue to the top of a list of
questions put to Putin in an interactive Webcast.
"People came up and I began talking to them, among them this little
boy. He seemed to me very independent, sure of himself and at the same
time defenseless so to speak, an innocent boy
and a very nice little boy," Putin said.
"I tell you honestly, I just wanted to touch him like a kitten and that
desire of mine ended in that act."
The Izvestia daily, which tracked down Nikita, discovered that he had
refused to wash after that kiss.
Nikita's grandmother said that his grandson began to act like an adult
without much talking sometimes when he knew the adult was the president.
The boy refused to take bath unless the weather was too hot. He used a
towel to protect his stomach from water in order to keep the precious
"I just liked him and he liked me very much. I want to be president
myself," the 5-year-old said