MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday stopped on a walk through the Kremlin to speak to a young boy before lifting up the boy's shirt and kissing the astonished boy on his stomach.
Putin was shown by state television chatting to graduates of military academies before he took a walk through one of the Kremlin's courtyards, often full of tourists.
He stopped and spoke to a boy who appeared to be aged four or five and turned away shyly when asked his name.
"What is your name?" Putin asked, kneeling down in front of the fair-haired boy and holding him by the waist.
"Nikita," the clearly shocked boy answered, looking from side to side.
Putin then lifted the boy's shirt and kissed him on his stomach. The Russian president then patted the boy on the head and walked off through a crowd of astonished tourists.