Breaking! Vladimir Putin Still Not Dead

All eyes were on the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on Monday as Mr Putin met with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, for talks as planned.

Commenting on suggestions that he had been forced to lie low because of ill health, Mr Putin said that life without rumours would be boring.

“It would be boring without gossip,” Mr Putin said in his first public appearance since March 5.