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Sochi Opening Ceremony Ring Malfunction Footage Switched In Putin's Dressing Room (PICTURES)

09/02/2014 15:15 GMT | Updated 09/02/2014 16:59 GMT

Vladimir Putin has claimed the Sochi Winter Olympics are a huge success and a massive boost for his country.

But he would say that wouldn't he - he didn't quite see the real picture while practicing his lines backstage.

Note the rings on the TV in the background complete with internationally embarrassing technical glitch...

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Suddenly, it appears to have miraculously recovered...

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And the ring reappears

Russian television station, Rossiya 1, the host broadcaster, was quick to replace the footage with that from a rather more successful dress rehearsal.

We imagine the conversation in the dressing room went a little like this...

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Konstantin Ernst, executive creative director of the opening ceremony, told reporters: "This is certainly bad, but it does not humiliate us."