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Putin takes Al Capone dig at Chicago

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, second left, listen to a guide during a visit to Borodino Museum in Moscow on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.The Battle of Borodino in 1812 was the largest and bloodiest single-day action of the French invasion of Russia. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, second left, listen to a guide during a visit to Borodino Museum in Moscow on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.The Battle of Borodino in 1812 was the largest and bloodiest single-day action of the French invasion of Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Yana Lapikova, Government Press Service)
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MOSCOW—You think Chicago, you think Windy City. Right?

Not if you're Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin.

While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Putin was quizzed about possible plans to visit the city to attend the NATO summit in May.

Evidently feeling stung by former Chicago denizen President Barack Obama's failure to call and congratulate him on his presidential election win over the weekend, Putin played it cool.

As the journalist pressed again, Putin shot back, saying: "Yes, they say (Chicago is) good. Al Capone lived there."

Perhaps not the best point to make for a leader once depicted in a memorable cover of The Economist weekly as a 1920s gangster with a gas pump in his hand instead of a Tommy Gun.

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