Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin reappeared this morning for the first time since March 5.
Putin was photographed today in company of Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek inside Constantine Palace, on the outskirts of St. Petersburg.
Many rumors were spreading on Twitter and other social media since President Putin’s last public appearance. Hashtags such as #whereisputin and #putindead were very popular, giving everyone a chance to share their theories about Putin’s disappearance.
Included in these rumors was a possible coup by generals of the Russian Armed Forces and FSB operatives. Military activity in Moscow was increasing in the last few days, fueling the possibility of a coup.
Nevertheless, Putin laughed at the those rumors when he was asked about them. He also added that: “things would be boring without gossip,” RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Even if President Putin is back, we shouldn’t expect to have some precise explanations on his disappearance. However, Putin will most likely confirms he took some time off for personal reasons even if it was not the case without going in details.
With the current economic and geopolitical situation in Russia, Putin will definitely keep his activities secret to make sure no further tensions are created due to his vanishing from public life.