Vladimir Putin: “I don’t sleep much”

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the third day of the NATO Summit conference in Bucharest, Friday April 4 2008.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the third day of the NATO Summit conference in Bucharest, Friday April 4 2008.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Russian President Vladimir Putin complains he has been sleeping four to five hours a night. Perhaps because he is sensitive to the fact, he managed to cancel a concert being held Friday night 10 June in Marseille, so that the Russian national team could have a peaceful sleep on the night before the match with England. It is an unprecedented confidence at a summit of heads of state. Last Wednesday, in Minsk, capital of Belarus, Vladimir Putin was caught by the microphones of the Zvezda television channel confessing to his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko that he was not having much sleep. Lukashenko asked Putin if everything was “alright” and he replied “I’m alright. I don’t sleep much. The day before yesterday I slept four hours. Last night—five hours.” “That’s bad”, the Belarusian leader replied.

Maybe because he is aware of the need to sleep more, on a visit to Marseille for the opening of the European Football Championship 2016, Putin asked the president of the Marseille Chamber, Jean-Claude Gaudin to cancel a Marc Cerrone concert, scheduled for June 10 at 11 p.m. The show was going to take place very near to the hotel where the Russian football team players were staying, which could disturb their rest. The team, led by coach Leonid Slutski complained to the French authorities and interceded with Putin. The next day, June 11, at 8 p.am, the Russian team faced England in the of the Euro 2016’s second game – a match that finished 1-1.

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