The boss of Dutch airline Corendon says he was picked up and held by Russian soldiers on Sunday night after urinating against a fence which turned out to be surrounding Russian president Putin’s villa.
Atilay Uslu says he was caught short after heading out with a friend in search of a late night snack after celebrating the Dutch medal haul in Sochi.
They started talking about a ‘one way ticket to Siberia and asked me if I had not seen the security cameras or knew that it was Putin’s house,’ he told the Telegraaf.
Uslu was told to empty his pockets and says he was carrying some €3,000 in cash to buy skating tickets for some of his crew. After being questioned for about an hour he was allowed to go, but €1,000 was missing.
‘I don’t really feel like trying to get it back,’ Uslu told the paper. Corendon is main sponsor of some of the Dutch skaters.