A reporter at Vladimir Putin's press conference slurred his question, and Putin joked and laughed, as did other reporters. The Russian leader didn't know that Vladimir Mamatov had survived several strokes.
The reporter asked why supermarketers don't stock kvas, a popular Russian alcoholic drink. In the middle of the reporter's question, Putin said, "I get the feeling you might have been at the kvas already."
People who knew Mamatov's medical history set the record straight.
I see no reports of Putin apologizing for the incident.
- What's the lesson for others leading press conferences?
- Should Putin apologize or issue a statement? If so, what should he say?