Kremlin blames rumors of Putin’s illness on ‘spring fever’
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has dismissed rumors of Igor Sechin’s resignation and Vladimir Putin’s illness as “spring fever.”
Several sources, including Reuters, have reported that Vladimir Putin is suffering from an illness. This information surfaced after it became clear that meetings with officials from Kazakhstan and Belarus, scheduled for March 12-13, would be postponed. The editor-in-chief of the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta also reported that Igor Sechin would leave his post of CEO of Rosneft, Russia’s major government-owned oil company.
“As soon as the sun comes out in the spring, as soon as it starts to smell of springtime, people get feverish. Someone dreams up Sechin’s resignation, someone dreams up a resignation of the government, and some people start thinking they haven’t seen Putin on TV in several days,” said Dmitry Peskov.
“We take these feverish bouts in stride and keep our calm when answering any questions that come up,” said Peskov.
Journalists have noted that Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public since March 6.
On March 12, the internet was rife with the popular hashtag #putinisdead. Twitter users also passed around a link to a website that allows you to check whether the Russian President has died or not, putinumer.com.
Rumors of Vladimir Putin’s death also emerged in the fall of 2012. At that time, the press office of the Kremlin reported that Putin had suffered an injury during judo practice.
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