Putin Disappears Like a Dictator

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public for a week, giving rise to irrational fears and hopes.

Now you see me, now you don't.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has disappeared. Well, not literally, but he hasn't been seen in public for a full week and reports about his schedule on the presidential website seem suspect. The Kremlin denies that he is ill, and the Russian blogosphere is abuzz with speculation.

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