Mary Dejevsky: Putin's strange blue eyes and the way he might look at you
This was the seventh time I had met Vladimir Putin at the annual Valdai meetings in Russia, and this year he was late, as usual.
Not as late as he was last year, when we queued up for security in a raging blizzard at a restaurant outside Moscow. But late enough that we had stood around being plied with drinks and nibbles for an hour and a half in the huge dining hall -- and that was after our departure from central Moscow had been put back an hour.
Waiting for Vladimir Vladimirovich -- or VVP as many call him -- has been a feature of Putin's 12-plus years at the top of Russian politics.