Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey recalls cooking lunch for Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin back in ~2000:
Didn’t want to stand too long against that, sort of, uh, small, powerful man from Russia. I wasn’t feeling that comfortable.
You may recall that shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, fmr. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher lost an arm-wrestling match to Putin, and raved about the soon-to-be dictator’s powerful muscles: