The intrigue is building in Moscow. Vladimir Putin has not been seen in a week, and the rumor mill is going into overdrive.
Helping fan the flames of speculation, the official presidential website seems to be going into “Swan Lake” mode. The site has taken to posting old pictures of Putin in action in an attempt to make it seem as though it is business as usual.
The last verified sighting of Putin was on March 5, when he met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Kremlin. Since then the presidential website, Kremlin.ru, has posted a few items that smack of an attempted cover-up. Specifically, Kremlin.ru claims that Putin met with the head of the Karelian Autonomous Republic, Alexander Khudilainen, on March 11. However, the business daily Vesti Karelia reported on the meeting on March 5, saying that the meeting took place on March 4.
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