Putin Laughs Off Suggestions Of Ill Health

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin resurfaced Monday, looking his normal self and smiling after a 10-day absence from public view that fueled a wave of rumors about his health. AP reports:

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, who met with Putin in St. Petersburg’s ornate Konstantin Palace on Monday, referred to the swirling speculation about Putin by noting that the Russian leader was in good shape. He said Putin drove him around the palace’s park before the talks, adding that “the president of Russia not only walks, but speeds around.”

“It would be dull without gossip,” Putin retorted with a smile.

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