A bunch of boys from Britain’s prestigious Eton Faculty have met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin throughout a go to to the Kremlin.
The uncommon assembly, held in a state room, apparently lasted not less than an hour, throughout which Mr Putin mentioned world affairs with the 11 boys.
One of many boys current, David Wei, said on Facebook he had despatched greater than 1,000 emails to arrange the assembly.
He stated Mr Putin, famend as a troublesome chief, had proven “his human face”.
Images of the occasion have been posted on social media, exhibiting the group shaking fingers with Mr Putin and sitting round a desk listening to the Russian chief, carrying translation headsets.
Later, they posed for a casual group picture, apparently in an ante room, celebrating their success in having access to the Kremlin’s internal sanctum.
David Wei stated in his Fb put up: “It took me a complete of ten months, 1040 emails, 1000 textual content messages, numerous sleepless nights, fixed paranoia throughout A2 examination season, declining educational efficiency…however right here we’re. Guys, we actually gave Putin a deep impression of us and he responded by exhibiting us his human face.”
One other of these current, Trenton Bricken, said on Facebook: “Two hour assembly with President Putin. He was small in individual however not in presence.”
The boys are stated to have organized the go to on their very own initiative however particulars stay unclear.
One suggestion was that the assembly had been facilitated by Father Tikhon Shevkunov, a Russian Orthodox abbot stated to be near Mr Putin, who reportedly spoke at Eton earlier this yr.
The varsity, which was based in 1440 and has educated 19 British prime ministers, stated in a press release: “This was a non-public go to by a small group of boys organised solely at their very own initiative and independently of the school.”
The Kremlin has not commented.