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Face to face with Vladimir Putin

Anybody fancy stepping into Mr Mamsurov's shoes?

Whenever I see a picture of Vladimir Putin looking stony-faced - which seems to be fairly often - I'm reminded of a story told by the photographer Platon, who took a celebrated portrait of the former Russian president in December 2007. Click here to read Platon's entertaining account of how he disarmed the great intimidator with a few tears and a shared love of The Beatles.