Saturday, December 04, 2004
From UPI Newswire via http://interestalert.com/brand/siteia.shtml?Story=st/sn/12030000aaa0316b.upi&Sys=siteia&Fid=WORLDNEW&Type=News&Filter=World%20News
Putin's silverware disinfected with vodka
NEW DELHI, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The silverware used by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his ongoing visit to India reportedly is being disinfected with copious amounts of vodka.
Russian security sleuths will use the liquor to wash knives and forks to be used by Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, Indo Asian News Service reported, quoting an employee of the Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi where the Russian leader is staying.
"The silverware was washed with vodka and then dried with a towel," the employee said.
Putin is known to drink a little, unlike his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, whose relationship with the alcohol made headlines a few times.
Washing dishes with vodka is part of the elaborate security arrangements for Putin who is under threat from Chechen Islamic rebels.
Putin has escaped at least three assassination attempts, including one as recently as Sept. 18 when his security personnel defused two car bombs on a regular route he takes to the Kremlin.
Putin is in India for a three-day visit to bolster bilateral ties.
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