Sunday, 5 August 2012

Olympic Games. Putins' UK visit to the UK , Judo Medals .Putin's Palace

There is a dearth of news in general,  particularly about Putin's current whereabouts since his fleeting visit to Downing Street and The Excel Centre in the Olympic Park for the judo. Why is this?

The British media are far too busy at the moment coping with the continuing success of Team GB to report on Putin’s whereabouts. Foreign media are doing the same on their medallists, or lack of them. All media are short of newshounds, because of the huge coverage needed for the Olympic Games.

there were routine reports of Putin’s 45 minute meeting at 10 Downing Street with David Cameron. Putin is usually hugely late, but not this time as he wanted to get to the judo, the real reason for his unofficial visit.

Were the niceties of greeting, photograph, libation (Putin likes milk) and farewell included in these 45 minutes, or did they take up even more of Putin’s precious time?

Prime Minister and President discussed trade, and Foreign Secretary William Hague will have follow-up talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Cameron, Putin, Hague and a translator watched the judo together. Obligingly, Russian Tagir Khaibulaev won a gold medal in his event, and British Gemma Gibbons, 25, silver, in hers. Putin is said to have jumped to his feet, bear-hugged Khaibulaev and tousled his hair on his win. Cameron shook Gemma’s hand.

Gold medallist Tagir Khaibulaev with Putin

Gemma Gibbons

That was the last time Putin was seen. He reputedly has a so-called Putin's Palace on the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. Satellite photos of it have been published by Wikileaks. Good old Wikileaks. Has he gone there?