Photo Captures Russian President Vladimir Putin Terrifying a Child

What did Russian President Vladimir Putin whisper in this unsuspecting child’s ear to illicit such a horrified facial expression? “If you pick your nose once more I will have it removed,” one person joked in the photo’s thread on Reddit. “I deleted your Pokemon save file,” wrote another.

Earlier this week, the Russian president was attending an overnight Mass at church in Sochi in honor of Orthodox Christmas when the hilarious photos were snapped. The first photo shows Putin kneeling next to he boy whispering into his ear while the second captures the boy looking petrified as the president stood next to him.

Another commenter on Reddit gave a more plausible explanation of the expression:

“The boy may have been unaware that the president of his country was standing behind him until he knelt down to say hello. I’d probably have the same expression on my face if I was at some random function and Obama kneels next to me,” the commenter writes.

So what do you think? What did did Putin say to the boy to scare the living daylights out of him?

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