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Putin owns a Super Bowl ring thanks to a misunderstanding with Patriots owner Robert Kraft

​​​​​​The New England Patriots are two wins away from what would be their fifth Super Bowl title in 16 years.

For Patriots owner Robert Kraft, however, winning another championship would bring his Super Bowl ring collection only to four, thanks to one of the strangest mishaps in NFL history.

In 2005, Kraft was on a business trip to Russia and visited Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kraft, carrying his 2004 Super Bowl ring, showed it to Putin, who apparently tried it on and then took it without giving it back.

From the sounds of it, Kraft still hasn't gotten his original ring back. In a video the NFL released on Thursday, Kraft relayed the story, saying:

Kraft's story, however, reportedly changed over the years. According to a New York Post report from 2013, Kraft told the crowd at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala, "I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring.' I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."

Kraft said then-President Bush asked him, for the sake of US-Russia relations, to say he gave the ring to Putin as a gift. Later, Putin denied stealing the ring or having any memory of meeting Kraft, but he said he would have a replacement ring made for Kraft.

A decade later, it appears Kraft never got his ring back.

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ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Micah Hyde #33, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21, and Josh Hawkins #28 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Jared Cook #89 of the Green Bay Packers makes a catch while being defended by Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jan 14, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is knocked into the end zone for a safety by the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional playoff at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Running back Spencer Ware #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs spikes the ball after a touchdown run against Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts as he runs onto the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers tackles Terrance Williams #83 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley catches a first down pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell in the fourth quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler (19) cannot make the catch during the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers on January 15, 2017, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Green Bay defeats Dallas 34-31. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 14: New England Patriots fans watching action during the Houston Texans Vs New England Patriots Divisional round game during the NFL play-offs on January 14th, 2017 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
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