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The controversial ex-F1 boss says the Russian president should be "running Europe" and that he is not a supporter of democracy. The former boss of Formula One Group {F-1), which manages Formula One car racing and controls the commercial rights to the sport, Bernie Ecclestone, says he would stand in front of any gunman who tried to shoot Vladimir Putin because he is a "good guy" who had nothing to do with the novichok attack in Salisbury. According to the billionaire, Mr Putin would have been "too busy" to have been involved in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were poisoned with the nerve agent in March last year. Mr Ecclestone, 88, told The Times: "If someone had a machine gun and was prepared to shoot Putin, I would stand in front of him.