In a scene worthy of comic creation Alan Partridge, Vladimir Putin reacts awkwardly as a priest bows to kiss his hand during a visit to Russia's northern Valaam Island.
Mr Putin appeared somewhat displeased when a Russian Orthodox priest greeted the head of state by bowing and attempting to kiss his hand. The peculiar incident came during the Russian leader's visit to the Holy Transfiguration Valaam Monastery on Valaam Island in the north of the country.
It was going smoothly at first as Mr Putin greeted believers outside a cathedral, and then shook hands with several Russian Orthodox priests. However, when one priest bowed and tried to kiss the leader's hand, Mr Putin sharply withdrew his hand and made a fist by the side of his head.
Mr Putin, who has ruled Russia as president or prime minister since 2000, has enjoyed the support of Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill who gave him his approval during the head of state's presidential election campaign this year