This article accompanies the fable
Putin on the other hand, is a cynic. Even if he wasn't responsible for Litvinenko's death, he would have cared only about the negative publicity it generated. For he believes in, and understands well, the power of Russian iconography and the signals it sends. He kisses everything - sturgeons, holy books, children. It's his trademark gesture, expressing his love for Russia: see here.
For you this ballet.