Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he managed to sleep for only four to five hours lately, which was not “enough” for him, according to a broadcast on the Russia-24 tv Channel. The remarks were made during a break in the Night Hockey League match which took place on Red Square on 25 December and featured Vladimir Putin playing alongside the country’s Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu and some legendary Russian hockey players.
“I did not get enough sleep in the last week. I slept little – four-five hours. Not enough”, the president told Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko, playing for the opposing team, when he pointed out that it was important to devote time to training.
Тимченко: Надо все-таки уделять время тренировкам— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) December 26, 2019
Путин: Не высыпался в последнюю неделю, мало спал - 4-5 часов pic.twitter.com/njaBoezpNr
Tweet: Timchenko: [We] still need to devote time to training. Putin: I did not get enough sleep in the last week. I slept little – four-five hours.
In the gala match, Putin, Shoigu and Russian hockey stars Pavel Bure, Valeri Kamensky, Sergei Fedorov and Alexei Kasatonov, played against the Moscow region governor Andrey Vorobyov, governor of Tula region Alexey Dyumin, Timchenko and some of the country’s well-known businessmen and public figures. The game ended with 8 to 5 score in favour of Putin’s team.
Владимир Путин вместе со звездами отечественного хоккея сыграл в традиционном предновогоднем матче на Красной площади pic.twitter.com/A8khflbywT— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) December 25, 2019
Tweet: Vladimir Putin, alongside the national hockey stars, played a traditional New Year's match on the Red Square.
Vladimir Putin has been an outspoken supporter of so-called “hockey diplomacy”, praising the “trust” it potentially creates between players. He previously hit the ice with Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto, and also remarkably scored eight goals in the recent gala match with the Night Hockey League held in Sochi this May.