Nikita Konkin was only five years old when Russian President Vladimir Putin came up to him, asked for his name and kissed him in the stomach. A recent interview revealed that several years later, Konkin still remembers Mr. Putin’s kiss with great fondness.
It may have started like any other day at Moscow’s Red Square on June 28 2006. But as President Putin passed here on his way to the residence, a young five-year old boy suddenly captures his attention. The Russian President asked for Konkin’s name and proceeded to leave a kiss on his stomach. “He seemed very independent and serious… I wanted to cuddle him like a kitten and it came out in this gesture. He seemed so nice,” Mr Putin was quoted as saying by BBC at the time. But while he stressed that “there is nothing behind it,” a photo of this interaction would later be found in an article published along with a fiery accusation that the president of Russia is a pedophile.
For Konkin, who is now 15 years old, the kiss was nothing to raise eyebrows about. Based on his interview with Mail Online on Friday, it seemed he remembers his encounter with President Putin fondly just like it was yesterday. Of the kiss, Konkin said, “I wasn’t ticklish at all. I felt something good.” Moreover, Konkin notes that it was actually his grandmother, Valentina, who first spotted the President Putin making his way towards them and in fact, it was Valentina who actually shoved the boy in front of a group of others boys and in full view of the Russian president. Meanwhile, Konkin was honored about being kissed that he had refused to take a shower for days. He also was not convinced that a plaster on that very important part of his stomach will be enough to keep it completely protected from the water. Eventually, Konkin had agreed to bathe, but only if he could go to the village river.
Alexander Litvinenko, the man who wrote the scathing article about President Putin, died a controversial death. In July 2006, he wrote: “Putin kneeled, lifted the boy’s t-shirt and kissed his stomach. “Nobody can understand why the Russian president did such a strange thing as kissing the stomach of an unfamiliar small boy.” In November that same year Litvinenko was found dead.
A recent report made by the British government revealed that the former KGB agent may have likely been killed on orders from President Putin and/or the Moscow government. The former spy was actually poisoned with Russian polonium 210 just months after Litvinenko accused the Russian president of being a pedophile.
When President Putin became the FSB director, he proceeded to prepare for the presidency by reportedly removing materials that could damage his reputation. Among are said to be tapes of the Russian President engaging in sex with a number of underage boys.