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How I met your Putin

Updated: Jan 29, 2022

He is definitely not my Putin. If you follow some politics, you know why.


I really met Putin on October 25, 2007 in Lisbon.

It was a sunny day, a good day to see Jerónimos Monastery late gothic architecture, which is added to UNESCO Heritage list in 1983. As I mentioned in my post Why do I so in love with Gothic Cathedrals? I love to see Gothic architecture.


Lisbon is like the twin of Istanbul. It is built next to sea mouth, having two sides connected with a bridge (Istanbul has three now), even the ferries are the same design. See the photos:

Lisbon was destroyed by an earthquake, and you can find the ruins of The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on one hill. Istanbul is a city affected by earthquake throughout history as well.


I was visiting Vasco de Gama monument watching a short documentary about history of Lisbon. As soon as the show ended, I went out and a security guard told me I should leave the building now. So here is the conversation.


You should leave the building now.
Why?
Putin is here.
Which Putin?

What kind of a question is that? The Putin. PUTIN.


My reaction to sudden questions is well-known within my family. My aunt is the same. To read more about me, my post is Am I Smart or Dull?


So, I saw Putin with my own eyes.



When I was out of Vasco de Gama monument, it was so crowded. All Lisbon visitors rushed to see Putin I suppose.


Then three black limousines appear. Doors opened simultaneously. I became a background actor in a Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible movie.


Putin was standing only 50 meters away from me, he was on a platform with Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva. He was attending Russia-EU summit.


How can I describe him?


Did you watch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminators? Of course, you did. Do you remember red laser eyes of robots? Brad Fiedel’s Theme Song?


This is the song of Putin; this is the beat in my mind watching him standing only 50 meters away.


He was scanning the crowd; he was most probably profiling us. If you watch true crime documentaries like I do, you will understand immediately what I refer. You can find my comments on watched & liked.


I read recently that Putin never moves his right arm. He was standing still scanning me.


The only word came to my mind was “charisma”.


Charisma is compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion‎ in others.

I don’t like the word: devotion. It brings deceptive thoughts.







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