Texas teacher’s ‘man crush’ on Vladimir Putin

Updated: May 23, 2011, 17:45 PM IST

London: A Texas schoolteacher won a rare chance of interviewing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after he wrote on his blog that he had a ‘man crush’ on the political figure.

Gayne Young, 42, used the website of the hunters-and-fishers magazine ‘Outdoor Life’ to declare his admiration for Putin.

Amid mocking from colleagues, he contacted the Russian Government with an interview request

"My editors said sarcastically ``yeah, yeah, of course he``ll give you an interview``," the Telegraph quoted Young as telling the Daily Telegraph.

But surprising all, Putin sent back an 8,000-word response.

"I found a man that was more captivating than I expected. He had a self-deprecating humour and he was real and honest," said Young, who teaches English to high school pupils.