Russian President Vladimir Putin reappeared on Monday after 10 unexplained days out of the public view.
The 62-year-old leader met the president of Krygystan at a lavish Tsarist-era palace outside of St. Petersburg in his first appearance since Feb. 5. His unexplained absence has gassed up rumours that he was ill, or had been overthrown by the army or had an unexplainable love child.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov mocked the press for their interest on his ‘private life’ referring to their various rumours as “So you’ve seen the broken, paralyzed president, who has been captured by generals? He’s only flown in from Switzerland, where he attended a birth as you know.”
In a carefully choreographed double-act, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayey also vouched for the Russian leader’s health, saying that Putin “just now drove me around the grounds; he himself stay at the wheel.”