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Putin says he has no mobile phone

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Aug. 31, 2010, 7:56 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he does not have a mobile phone.
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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he does not have a mobile phone, that he never picks up his landline phone when it rings, and that he keeps photos of his family in his wallet. During a meeting at a plant belonging to Russian nickel and palladium producer MMC Norilsk Nickel, a worker asked Putin whether he carried pictures of his family around with him and where he kept them if he did.

"There are photos of my family in my wallet," the prime minister said.

"And what kind of mobile [phone] do you use?" the worker asked.

"I have no mobile [phone], I don't use any," Putin replied.

"If I did have a mobile [phone] it would keep ringing incessantly," he said.

"Additionally, if the phone rings at my home I never pick it up."


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Anonymous Sept. 1, 2010, 8:05 a.m.    

The PHOTO above with Putin talking on a mobile phone seems to contradict his assertion that he does not have a mobile phone.

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Anonymous Sept. 2, 2010, 5:11 a.m.    

just because he is holding a phone, doesn't mean it's his. what a jump to conclusion! do you think that the picture is showing him holding a phone Proves he is a liar? in fact, he is refreshingly honest about such things. did you know that the CIA is every bit as bad as the KGB was? is valerie plame evil because she worked for the CIA, undercover? so stupid.

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Anonymous Sept. 2, 2010, 5:29 a.m.    

he is driving around in the east. he would be stupid to not have an emergency cell phone. whether it is his, how does anyone know by looking at this picture? is his name written on it? do you have more information to prove he is lying about something so stupid? he has so many more important things to lie about, just like obama, or any head of state, or second in command - vice president, prime minister, whatever. do you remember obama had to fight to keep his blackberry? if PM Putin had a phone, i'd be stunned. the difference between you and PM Putin, is that he can't afford to jump to such conclusions, and would never allow himself seem so stupid as to do so.

oh, and btw, if PM Putin has something to say, he says it, and too bad if someone doesn't like it. i liked the one that was translated to say that a certain reporter pulled the story out of his &quot;nose&quot; and he should wipe it with his newspaper. we know &quot;nose&quot; was translated loosely.

if you have more information than the rest of the world, let us know, please.

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Anonymous Sept. 6, 2010, 9:38 p.m.    

He lies. You can't believe anything he says.

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