Vladimir Putin is said to be in bed ‘with a cold’, according to sources close to the Kremlin responding to speculation over why the leader has not been seen in public for ten days. 

Too ill to take part in official engagements, the politician is apparently holed up in one of his country retreats during one of the most contentious times in his leadership. 

Speculation over why he has seldom been seen in public has been rife as accusations of involvement in the death of Boris Nemtsov and rumours of fathering a lovechild reach fever pitch. 

There have even been claims of sudden death and a government coup with the leader’s aides remaining tight-lipped over his absence. 

Written by Will Stewart In Moscow and Jennifer Smith for MailOnline
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