The Daily Mail 15 March 2015: Vladimir Putin is ‘alive’ but ‘neutralised’ as shadowy security chiefs stage a stealthy coup in Moscow, it was claimed last night.
‘My information is that Patrushev met Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Pyatigorsk on 11 March and tempted him over to his side.’
He also pointed to a recent visit by Patrushev – head of Putin’s security council – the US. The visit came despite sanctions barring visits by most senior Russian officials.
‘I think he was offered something there that he failed to reject,’ said Dzhemal on Georgian TV channel Rustavi-
This came amid a claim that pictures issued by the Kremlin on Friday of Putin meeting Supreme Court head Vyachevslav Lebedev may date from 2011.
The head of Chechnya spoke emotionally of people ‘trying to harm the president of Russia – and Russia itself’. And he claimed that forces were scheming ‘to break us apart’, referring to him and his guarantor Putin.
As startling has been the lack of shows of support in recent days from other senior Kremlin cardinals during an absence which has no obvious parallel in his 15 years as president or premier.
The voices of prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Chief of the Kremlin staff Sergei Ivanov – and Putin’s intelligence tsars – have remained silent.
Kadyrov has enjoyed extraordinary power and largesse under Putin as a reward for keeping an iron grip on the rebellious oil-rich Chechen region, scene of two bloody wars since the collapse of the USSR. As a result he is hated by many senior Putin loyalists.
But Kadyrov’s enemies claimed yesterday that the 38 year old bearded regional potentate is in ‘panic’ because he can no longer contact his mentor. ‘He is phoning anyone he can in an attempt to arrange a talk with Putin – but he fails,’ alleged a website linked to Islamic hardliners seeking to overthrow Kadyrov.
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Reuters 16 March 2015 – Russian President Vladimir Putin met Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev on Monday, making his first public appearance since March 5.
Putin met Atambayev in the Constantine Palace, outside Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg.
The Daily Mail 16 March 2015: Putin is back. He refused to explain his absence.
Putin, commenting on suggestions that he had been forced to lie low because of ill health, said that life without rumours would be boring.
The Bishkek leader claimed Putin was fit – and in macho mode.The president of Russia isn’t just walking, he’s hot-rodding around, driving his guests around behind the wheel,’ said Atambayev. ‘Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) just drove me around the territory. That’s just so there’s no rumours.’
Comment: This and the photo above do not show a sick man. What has Putin had to promise his opponents in The Kremlin to be allowed to reappear?
When was the photo taken?
Here is a video from the event. You can see it better in the London Telegraph 16 March 2015
Vladimir Putin shown in the Business Insider on 6 June 2014. I see no disease induced changes from 2014 till now