The more his people seek to assure the public that Vladimir Putin is just fine, the more speculation swirls that something – a love child, terminal illness or some exotic Kremlin intrigue – is up with the Russian president
Rumors about Putin range from speculation he is sick or even dead to whispers he is about to become a father. Normally in the public eye on a daily basis, Putin has not been seen since March 5, and has canceled several engagements. Three photos released by the Kremlin, of a meeting purportedly held on Friday, only added to the mystery. The pictures showed the Russian strongman meeting and shaking hands with the head of the Russian Supreme Court, but western media darkly noted that the date the photos were taken could not be confirmed. Some noted that a calendar normally seen on his desk, and which would have effectively dated the photos, was missing.
‘When the sun comes up in spring, and as soon as spring is in the air, then the fever begins,’ Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters Thursday, according to official news agency Tass.
‘The information on a baby born to Vladimir Putin is false. I am going to ask people who have money to organize a contest on the best media rumor.’- Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman
A Swiss newspaper claimed that Putin was recently in Lugano for the birth of his lovechild with his longtime alleged lover, Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva. But Preskov insisted that Putin is not a recent papa.
This post was published at The Common Sense Show on March 14, 2015.