Robert Kraft: Putin Stole My Super Bowl Ring: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has revealed that he didn't give Russian leader Vladimir Putin his Super Bowl ring in 2005 during a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, as he's previously said. After Putin put it on, he pocketed the ring and kept it, Kraft said. When the NFL owner came home and demanded it back, the White House told him to claim it had been a gift. "I put my hand out (to get it back) and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out," Kraft said. He said he was told by someone in the Bush White House, "It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present."