Never mind the unrest in Turkey, the bombings in Iraq, the elections in Iran and the NSA whistleblower hiding in Hong Kong -- the biggest geo-political issue right now is whether Russian president Vladimir Putin stole New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft's Super Bowl ring.
Kraft met the Russian leader in 2005, and handed the ring to Putin. That's where the stories diverge. A few days after the visit, Kraft told the media that it was a gift. The ring has been housed in an archive of the Kremlin since then, as all valuable gifts to the government are. But a few days ago, Kraft changed his story. He told the New York Post that he was just showing the ring to Putin, but as soon as he handed it over, "he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
Now a Putin spokesman is firing back. Dmitry Peskov says, "What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird. I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin, and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."
The ring, which is encrusted with 124 diamonds, is worth more than $25,000.