Near the VIP entrance of the congress hall here in the World Economic Forum in Davos, scores of delegates, press, aids, security guards are all waiting for the imminent arrival of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

It’s extremely cramped here with a constant stream of people squeezing past those who are standing here to catch a glimpse of Putin.

Former UN secretary Kofi Anan was nearly hit by a TV camera while financier George Soros asked the press “Who’s coming?” When someone said it was Putin, his aide said: “Say hello to him!”