Mystery of Putin’s disappearance deepens with Russian state media ‘mistake’

The mystery over the whereabouts of Vladimir Putin deepened on Saturday as Russian state media broadcast – then retracted – reports that he had hosted an official visit from the President of Kyrgyzstan.

Mr Putin has remained hidden from public view for nine days. Levels of fear and uncertainty in Moscow have been rising as rumours fly over what could be behind Putin’s lengthy disappearance.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied that there is anything amiss with the Russian leader, batting away suggestions that he is ill, dead, victim of a palace coup or in Switzerland to be by his girlfriend’s side as she gives birth.

Mr Putin’s next public appearance is scheduled for Monday, when he is due to meet Almazbek Atambayev, the President of Kyrgyzstan, in Saint Petersburg.

But that encounter was thrown into confusion on Friday night as announcers on state television, apparently reading from an incorrect script, described the meeting in the past tense.

The Kremlin said to be preparing a major announcement, journalists are asked not to depart for the weekend.

Update: Vladimir Putin has been ‘neutralised’ by astealthy coup as rumours about his health and well-being continue to flourish

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.

There have been no confirmed sightings of Putin for nine days, while in the febrile atmosphere engulfing Moscow a convoy of large trucks parked outside the Kremlin fueled rumours of a flit by the president.

  • Brett_McS

    He must be really sick; he’s stopped commenting here.

    • olddog

      He’s busy going over the Beached Whales E-Mails..Might have missed something from his Bath House Barry buttbuddy…

    • Frau Katze

      Aye, I’m sure it was him commenting here….

      • Brett_McS

        It looked like him. Of course my ears are not as floppy as they seem, either…

    • I hope he didn’t stop by when the site was down.

      • Brett_McS

        Don’t you hate that?

    • Gosh, a guy can’t take a Saturday afternoon nap without everybody thinking he’s been abducted by aliens.

  • olddog

    WE should be so lucky…THERE and especially HERE!!!!!! Send two Comrade Clowns to HELL…Now there’s something GOOD, you can believe in..

  • Exile1981

    The north koreans are claiming he is studying martial arts under their leader.

    • Lot’s of possibilities.

      • Exile1981

        I just read a comment that senior military attache at the Russian embassy and the ambassador in the UK both flew back to Russia yesterday.

        Also a rumor that Putin is off because his girl friend is in labour.

        • Frau Katze

          I saw the same rumour. But the Washington Post said it wasn’t true.

          • Exile1981

            I’m thinking 3 options

            1) Putin is dead, they are going to announce his successor.

            2) Declaration of war.

            3) Psy op – the Russians are just F-ing with everyone.

            The easiest way to find out if #2 is correct is look for his wife and kids, if they are also missing then it’s possible they are with him in a bunker. If they are still out and about then it’s nearly zero chance he would leave them out to die.

          • Daily Mail is reporting he has been ousted in a coup

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            That would be AWESOME!

          • Yes, we hope.

          • Exile1981

            Unless it’s someone worse…

          • Justin St.Denis

            COULD be awesome, depending upon who/what replaces him.

          • Exile1981

            Space aliens?

          • Clausewitz

            Having his family out and about as a ruse while they take one for the teams seems perfectly logical for the ex-leader of the KGB.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Well, if WaPo says…

      • Exile1981

        OK my post went missing – I said there is a comment that the Russian ambassador to the UK and his military attache both flew home to russia today.

        Reports with pics of a bunch of semi’s pulling into the kremlin and leaving again a few hours later.

        • Brett_McS

          New girlfriend moving in?

          • Exile1981

            Or the old one moving out.

          • Poland will be my new girlfriend, whether she likes it or not.

  • J. C.

    Maybe he’s secretly meeting with O.J. to get some advice on how to beat a murder charge…??? 😉

    • That’s likely so.

    • andycanuck

      Of picking up some golfing pointers.

  • Frau Katze

    The Daily Mail said he was on TV, but one could not tell the date. Another rumour (although I don’t know why there would be such secrecy)

    For the past week, the Russian government has been reluctantly answering questions about Putin’s health and suggestions that his unofficial girlfriend, Alina Kabayeva and checked into a Swiss maternity clinic.

    Rumours about 31-year-old Alina Kabayeva surfaced with reports in Switzerland, Italy and Russia suggesting the gymnast had either given birth or was about to do so.

  • winniec

    It may be a coup d’état.

  • Put-in

    KGB filmed agents in homosexual sex before going to foreign country. Maybe Putin needs war for stopping his 1980s films going youtube.

    • I filmed myself sodomizing the Ukraine.

      • Justin St.Denis

        That was an earthy production if ever I saw one.

  • Frances

    That’s scary: imagine the post-Putin in-fighting and intrigues.

    • Guest

      … and shirts.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Here is a Ukranian take on this, and chocked full of WTF.

    • Heh;)

    • Exile1981

      WTF? Ok that so needs a translation to make any sense.

    • Brett_McS

      They have masks on… just in case.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I’ll have to go with those two old standbys for now, wait and see.

  • Minicapt

    “Vlad: The man who never was”


  • David Murrell

    One would think that, as a one-party strongman, Vladimir Putin would find it in his interest to remain in front of the state-TV cameras, in order to keep his public-support intact. Many Russian dissidents bitterly complain that the reason Putin’s public support remains so high is because of the unremitting propaganda emanating from “the box” (television).

    So this is a real puzzler to be sure. Generally, when one want positive news (e.g., Vladimir Putin being assassinated, or forcibly removed from office), such events never take place. But perhaps the shadowy state police are reacting against Putin’s huge money-grubbing financial empire, or the over-the-top assassination of Russia’s number one dissident.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Has Obama blamed Israel yet?

  • Destroyer-Drone
  • Raymond Hietapakka
    • Justin St.Denis

      That was hilarious. very well done, too. I love quality satire.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Conjecture, conjecture and conjecture upon conjecture. In a world where we STILL don’t know anything substantiated about the POTUS, his birthplace, background and history, we must accept that we may never know the truth about this situation either.