Dutch airline boss picked up for urinating next to Putin’s villa

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.

Uslu told the Telegraaf he was surrounded by five or so commandos who came running out of nowhere and took him back to their bunker.


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.

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