Putin re-appears in public after 10-day absence

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference following a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Kremlin in Moscow, March 5, 2015. (Reuters)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday reappeared in public after an unusually long 10-day absence that unleashed frenzied speculation about the whereabouts and health of the Russian strongman.

Looking somewhat pale, Putin shook hands with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev at the start of a meeting at the sumptuous Konstantinov's Palace just outside Saint Petersburg, an AFP correspondent reported.

Putin dismissed days of frenzied "rumors" over his health and whereabouts.

"We would be bored if there were no rumors," Putin said at the meeting.


Last Update: Monday, 16 March 2015 KSA 14:31 - GMT 11:31