Putin health rumours dismissed

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Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has dismissed rumours circulating on the internet that the Russian leader is in poor health.

Dmitry Peskov told Ekho Moskvy radio station the president was “absolutely” healthy, adding that the president’s handshake is still so strong it could “break your hand”.

A Kremlin announcement yesterday that Mr Putin was postponing an upcoming trip to Kazakhstan set off a flurry of rumours, with some suggesting he could be seriously ill, and others saying he could be planning the removal of a major government figure.

Mr Putin has not been seen in public since he gave a televised address to members of the Interior Ministry on March 5.

Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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