Rumours are swirling in Moscow over the health of Vladimir Putin after the Russian president disappeared from view and put off a foreign visit.
Mr Putin has not been seen in public for a week and an official in Kazakhstan told reporters that he postponed a visit to the central Asian country on Wednesday because he had fallen ill. He will also not appear at an annual meeting of high-ranking officers from the Federal Security Service on Thursday, which he has attended in past years.
For that would rather tip off the Russians. Who do remember that Brezhnev “had a cold” for some years as he died of Alzheimer’s and emphesymia.
One rumour I’ve heard (value uncertain) is that he’s had a stroke.