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      Russian president Vladimir Putin, March 16, 2015 meeting with President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan

      "So you've seen the broken, paralyzed president, who has been captured by generals? He's only just flown in from Switzerland, where he attended a birth as you know."
      -- Putin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov mocking the press for its interest in the various rumors of Putin's demise, WIBQ story, Russia's Putin reappears after 10 day absence, laughs off 'gossip'

      "It would be boring without gossip."
      -- Vladimir Putin to the press after meeting with President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan (the Kyrgyz Republic) at Tsarist-era Konstantinovsky palace outside St Petersburg on March 16, 2015, WIBQ story, Russia's Putin reappears after 10 day absence, laughs off 'gossip'

    • Russia's Vladimir Putin makes first public appearance in 10 days CNN VIDEO/ , March 16, 2015
      "... all eyes were turned to St. Petersburg on Monday for Putin's scheduled meeting with Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan.

      "Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said the President had ordered Russia's Northern Fleet to be placed on full combat alert from Monday morning for snap checks, Russia's state-run Tass news agency reported ...

      "Also on alert are Russia's Western Military District and certain airborne units, with some 38,000 military personnel involved in total."

      Putin Missing? Never Happened - Joaquin 108morris108 VIDEO/ , March 28, 2015
      Morris interviews Joaquin of Fort Russ on Putin's "disappearance."
    • Putin reappears after mysterious absence / Business Insider, March 16, 2015

    • Russia's Putin reappears after 10 day absence, laughs off 'gossip' / WIBQ, March 16, 2015
      ""It would be boring without gossip," Putin said, smiling easily before television cameras and looking relaxed, if pale ...

      "His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, mocked the press for its interest, referring sarcastically to the various rumors: 'So you've seen the broken, paralyzed president, who has been captured by generals? He's only just flown in from Switzerland, where he attended a birth as you know.'"
    • Related: Putin: Russia prepared raising nuclear readiness over Crimea / AP, March 15, 2015
      "Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year's tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine's president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday ...

      "Putin's comments, in a documentary ('The Road to Crimea or The Road to Motherland') being shown on state TV (Russia 1 TV), highlight the extent to which alarm spread in Russia in the weeks following Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster in February 2014 after months of street protests that turned increasingly violent ...

      "Putin says of the nuclear preparedness, 'We were ready to do this ... (Crimea) is our historical territory. Russian people live there. They were in danger. We cannot abandon them.'

      "... Russia initially denied that the unmarked forces who took control in Crimea were Russian, but Putin later admitted they were. In the Sunday documentary, he said he ordered the defense ministry to deploy military intelligence special forces, marines and paratroopers 'under the cover of strengthening the protection of our military facilities.'

      "Putin, however, claimed in the documentary that troops weren't sent from Russia into Crimea even though the upper house of parliament had authorized such a move and said the number of forces there never exceeded the 20,000 authorized under the agreement on basing the Black Sea Fleet there ...

      "Putin also said Russian forces helped Yanukovych escape to Russia ... He said Russian security forces had tried to keep contact with Yanukovych as he moved through Ukraine and eventually "we brought him to Russian territory."
    • Russia 1 TV to air Crimea. Road to Motherland documentary tonight / Focus Information Agency, 16 March 2015
      "Moscow. Russian Russia 1 television is to air tonight the Crimea. Road to the Motherland documentary film, which describes the events around Crimea’s annexation to Russia. The documentary will start at 10 p.m. (Russian time) on Sunday. It will be available online on the following link:

      "The documentary film includes interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other direct witnesses of the events. It tells about how 193 units of the Ukrainian forces were neutralised without bloodsheds, how the Ukrainian ships were blocked at the bays and why the shooting in Feodosia was avoided.

      "The audience will learn how much time the operation carried out on February 27, [2014] when all key institutions in Crimea were captured, took. The documentary will also reveal the talks held between Putin and US President Barach Obama and how Russian Bastion missiles entered into Crimea and how they changed the pace of the events.
    • Vladimir Putin 'in bed with a bad cold watching Crimea documentary' / Telegraph, 16 March 2015
      "Opposition television station Dozhd reported on Sunday that Mr Putin had come down with the flu and was currently recuperating at one of his country residences outside Moscow, citing anonymous sources ...

      "'I'll repeat again: everything is calm in Moscow, there is no information via any reliable sources of problem – don't hurry to bury Putin, you will have to battle with him yet,' opposition leader Vladimir Milov wrote on Facebook on Sunday."
    • Vladimir Putin has been 'neutralised' by a stealthy coup as rumours about his health and well-being continue to flourish / 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. Former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev was behind the plot, claimed chairman of the pro-Kremlin national Islamic Committee, Geydar Dzhemal.

      "'I think that Putin is neutralised at the moment, but of course, he is alive,' said Dzhemal, seen as a Kremlin loyalist ... He is under the control of the power-wielding agencies, who have, in my opinion, organised a coup d'etat.'"

      "'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-2."
    • Speculation rife as world waits for Putin to reappear / BBC, 15 March 2015
      "The suspicions that there is something untoward happening behind the Kremlin's thick, red walls have been heightened by the way government officials themselves have responded.

      "Photographs which they said proved the president had been holding meetings and working as normal over the past week, were soon discredited when local media reported they had been taken days earlier than stated.

      "There has also been an intriguing posting on photo-sharing website Instagram by one of Mr Putin's close allies, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

      "In the posting, Mr Kadyrov renews his pledge of loyalty to the president and adds: 'I am devoted to him as a person. And this regardless of whether he is in his position or not!' ...

      "And of course at the end of it all when the mystery is finally resolved, it may turn out that the president simply had a bad case of flu."
    • Comment regarding the major March 2015 annoucement alluded to by the Kremlin
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      Vladimir Putin has disappeared twice before for short periods of time. So this absence is not by itself a red flag.

      The Kremlin has clearly stated he is well and that he is scheduled to meet on March 16 with President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyz, so the world will know something on Monday, March 16.

      What is most interesting is the alleged absence, not of Putin, but of the Russian flag from atop the Kremlin. Is this true? A removal of the flag would be highly unusual, and the only circumstance that comes to mind for the removal of a flag would be to replace it immediately with the flag of the conquering forces, but no such flag has been reported flying over the Kremlin. So It would be nice to be able to confirm if the Russian flag is indeed missing.

      The confluence of these data points is extremely interesting:
      • Putin has not been seen in public since March 5
      • the Russian flag goes missing from the Kremlin (if true)
      • the imminent 'major' announcement by the Kremlin

      Putin's previous absences according to the Washington Post article by Julia Ioffe, " This is why it’s impossible for the Kremlin to lie about Putin's weird disappearance" include:
      Calling this a 'major' announcement might be an understatement. This is going to be interesting.

    • Russia Update: Is There a Slow-Motion Coup Under Way? / The Interpreter, 13 March 2015
      "One Russia analyst sums up what he thinks a variety of stories in the last few weeks amount to - a slow-motion coup in which some security officials in the Federal Security Service (FSB) and Federal Protective Service (FSO) with Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, former KGB, team up against Putin, whose allies are Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov and the Interior Ministry or police, which also commands thousands of internal troops.

      Possible players:
      1) "Yevgeny Primakov, one of the veteran political "clan" leaders of Moscow, who as a former foreign minister, intelligence chief and prime minister has a lot of influence ... was born in Kiev advocates keeping the Crimea but not annexing the Donbass"
      2) "Lt. Gen. Viktor Zolotov who has served for 13 years as the chief of the Presidential Security Service and as deputy director of the Federal Protective Service which guards the Kremlin grounds -- and which also holds the "nuclear suitcase." Zolotov is also commander-in-chief of the Interior Ministry's internal troops since 2014 and holds the title of first deputy interior minister. He has been supposedly groomed by Putin to take over the Federal Security Service (FSB)."

      According to KatrinSha's blog, "What is happening now is a "quiet political coup," something like the resignation of Boris Yeltsin. Putin is tired, needs a rest, and has moved to his palace in Gelendzhik."
    • Kremlin Planning Major Announcement, Stage Being Constructed in Red Square / Pundit Press, 13 March 2015
      "The Kremlin has now announced that there will be a major announcement in the next couple of days. It has advised journalists not to leave Moscow."

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      According to this article by Business Insider, the trucks and seating being constructed are for a concert to celebrate the first anniversary of Crimea's independence from Ukraine.

      Image sources unknown.
      The Russian flag normally flies above the Kremlin (on left).
      The Russian flag is missing from Kremlin (on right), unconfirmed from various sources.
      In any event, other than falling to a foreign invasion,
      there is no point to not displaying the Russian flag above the Kremlin.
    • Major announcement by Putin awaited in Moscow / DEBKAfile
      "The Kremlin press office Friday told media heads not to leave Moscow in the next few days and stand by for an important announcement by President Vladimir Putin. The CEO of the Center for Political information Alexei Mukhin did not deny that President Putin is 'currently incapacitated.' Thursday, Russian Internet sites carried rumors of Putin’s death after he had not been seen in public since March 5. The rumors were not confirmed. Mukhin’s reply to the query was 'no comment.'"
    • Russia ETF Falls As Kremlin Reportedly Prepares For 'Mysterious' Announcement / NASDAQ, 13 March 2015
      Alexei Mukhin, Director General of the Centre for Political Information tweeted, "First: "Guys, you now need the president, come together." A few minutes later he added: "Be brave guys - Putin moved to the next level in your game ..."

      Mukhin then said, "I would not go against Vladimir Putin, who said that he would make the decision later, under the influence of life circumstances. At this stage, undoubtedly, there is no alternative to Vladimir Putin."

      Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the President says, "there is absolutely no reason for any doubts about the state of his (Putin's) health ... His health is really perfect and everything is OK with him, and he's working in accordance with his traditionally overloaded working schedule."
    • Kremlin Critics Fear Political ‘Hit List’ as Putin Drops Out of Sight / TIME, 13 Mar 2015
      "Reports of a hit list of dissidents have been circulating in the Russian press for days. Along with rumors of an unfolding struggle among security factions within the Kremlin ... "

      "'The atmosphere right now in our country is very dangerous, very threatening ... It is an atmosphere of growing hatred and aggression,' says Nikolai Svanidze, a member of the Kremlin rights council."

    • Kremlin Says Putin To Meet With Kyrgyz Counterpart / Radio Free Europe
      "The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambaev, on March 16. Putin's press service said on March 13 that the two presidents will convene in Putin's native city of St. Petersburg to discuss bilateral ties and Kyrgyzstan's pending membership in the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EES)."
    • Putin Spokesman Denies Russian President Is Out of Town for Birth of Love Child / The Moscow Times
      "President Vladimir Putin's spokesman denied rumors Friday that the president was out of town to attend the birth of his child. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Forbes that "information about the birth of a baby fathered by Vladimir Putin does not correspond to reality," the magazine reported."
    • The Kremlin reports Putin in good health / DEBKAfile

    • Putin's Not in Switzerland With His Love Child, Says Spokesman / Slate
      "'The information on a baby born to Vladimir Putin is false,' said Peskov. 'I am going to ask people who have money to organize a contest on the best media rumor.'

      "The love child rumor is almost certainly bogus, but something strange is clearly happening in Moscow."
    • Missing Putin found in Switzerland for ‘birth of love child’ / New York Post
      "Vladimir Putin hasn’t been seen in public for more than a week — and rampant speculation over the Russian president’s whereabouts took a wild turn on Friday with reports he was in Switzerland for the birth of his secret daughter.

      "Es ist ein Madchen!” or “It’s a Girl!” screamed a headline from the Swiss newspaper Blick, which had him in Lugano to witness the arrival of his child with Alina Kabaeva, 31, a retired Olympic gymnast who served in the Russian parliament and now works for a media company."

      Alina Kabaeva
      Photo source Twitter

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    • Mystery Persists About Putin's Whereabouts / FOX News
    • Kremlin posts images of Vladimir Putin after health rumors swirl / CNN
    • Press secretary dismisses Putin's baby rumors / TASS
    • Rumors of Putin's Illness Run Rife in Russian Media / Russia Insider
    • Rumours swirl over health of 'missing Vladimir Putin' / Daily Caller
    • Putin reportedly reappears! / Business Insider
    • With Putin Still Missing, Things Get Weird in Russia / Yahoo News
    • Why has Putin gone missing? / CNN
    • Start the rumor mill: Vladimir Putin is missing! / Global Post
    • Putin's disappearance implies a Russian dictatorship / SMH
    • Russia in a spin as its main man goes missing / FT
    • Russian officials furiously deny rumours over Vladimir Putin's 'disappearance' / Express UK
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