Question arises amid speculation about his whereabouts
WASHINGTON – Speculation is mounting regarding the whereabouts of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who hasn’t been seen in public since two important meetings were abruptly canceled more than a week ago, sources say, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
At the center of the mystery, is the state of his health and political standing.
There is even increasing speculation that he’s dead, or that he’s in Switzerland welcoming a love child from Alina Kabayeya, 32, a former Olympic gymnast.
A Russian spokesman, however, has disputed the death claim.
“Sorry, but he’s still alive,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
He also denied the rumor from the Swiss tabloid.
“The information on a baby born to Vladimir Putin is false,” Peskov added. “I am going to ask people who have money to organize a contest on the best media rumor.”
DEBKAfile reported that Russian websites began running unconfirmed reports that Putin had died. It even said there was a short announcement of Putin’s death appearing briefly on Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s website, only to be removed 20 minutes later.
Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky wrote that Putin’s sudden disappearance “offers evidence enough” that Russia has become an “outright dictatorship.”
“No other kind of state would be so opaque, nor its citizens so preoccupied with their ruler,” Bershidsky said.
Written by F. Michael Maloof
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