Russia Insider 13 March 2015: Speculation about Putin’s health flared on Wednesday when news broke that the president had postponed a planned visit to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana.Announcing the development, Kazakh presidential spokesman Dauren Abayev declined to provide a reason for the delay. But an unidentified Kazakh government source said that “it looks like he [Putin] has fallen ill,” Reuters reported.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Putin was “perfectly healthy,” Rossia television reported. The Interfax news agency also quoted the spokesman as saying Putin felt “fine.”
He then made two tongue-in-cheek references to the presidency of Boris Yeltsin: firm handshakes and working with documents.He added that the president has been working “exhaustively” with documents.
Whenever Yeltsin fell ill, his spokesman would tell reporters that he was “working with documents,” but would add that the president’s handshake remained “firm,” in a bid to reassure journalists of Yeltsin’s enduring strength and capability.
Over time, these terms entered into the popular Russian lexicon.
Peskov’s assertion that Putin is in good health, however, could also mean recent developments in Russian politics required Putin’s presence in Moscow. A heightening of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the investigation into whose death was reportedly accompanied by signs of an increased power struggle within the Russian administration, could have kept Putin busy behind closed doors.
However, a planned March 17 visit by the Russian president to a World War II museum was expected to go ahead as scheduled, an unidentified official said, RBC reported.
The Daily Mail 12 March 2015: Mr Putin also failed to appear at an annual meeting of high-ranking officers from the Federal Security Service today, an event he has attended in past years.
The 62 year old’s unusual absence has dented his tough-guy image.
But another theory, advanced by the lawyer of murdered Boris Nemtsov, was that the strongman may be lying low because he is ‘afraid’ of an assassination bid.
‘Perhaps Putin, even completely sincerely, was bewildered and even afraid,’ said Vadim Prokhorov, Nemtsov´s lawyer.‘Because if you can murder Nemtsov so near the Kremlin, then is it not possible to do it along the route of the presidential motorcade?’
Putin may have been seriously ill or have serious political problems in the Kremlin – as told by his confidant Yevgeny Fjodorew.
If he had fear for his life or was in a power struggle he would certainly have appeared on TV. Did a serious (man-) flu for once duck this macho man?
Fyodorov and the Moscow Times both foresaw a power struggle – from which Putin would emerge as a new Stalin.
Or his reappearance on Russian TV may be a propaganda stunt to cover serious illness – not an unknown Russian phenomenon.
Acc. to this video from 13 March, the above foto of Putin-Lebedev is one week old!
The following days will show the truth.