I met Vladimir Putin. This is what I learned.

“So, leaving your motherland, then? So young, so soon! And for what? America, the country that’s bound to collapse?!”

The smirk on his face was as I had always seen it on TV. It emanated a mix of confidence and arrogance. I had never liked it. Sitting in front of him though, I found his style and body language made me more relaxed. I felt I could continue the conversation in a more casual manner than I expected. Putin certainly appeared casual both in his body language and appearance. He wore a turquoise Puma tracksuit. I had recalled images of him in…