Where in the world is Vladimir Putin? Russia’s infamous leader was famously absent for the past 10 days and only recently resurfaced to met with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Rumors about the leader’s whereabouts placed him anywhere from in the hospital with a terrible illness to at the birth of his lovechild to at the center of a political coup. The circulating rumors led to comments from CNN analyst Frida Ghitis, “Does Putin ever catch a cold? Does he ever get sick? The Kremlin doesn’t want to allow Putin’s image of virility and strength to become tarnished by the weaknesses of mere humans,” she wrote, “Putin rules in the old-fashioned style of a personality cult.The system requires propaganda and image control. It needs Putin to be larger than life.” For the time being, Putin is back and will continue to enjoy an 86% approval rating in Russia.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe