December 7, 2012

Putin's Fear of Appearing Spineless

Michael Bohm, Moscow Times

AP Photo

Speculation about President Vladimir Putin's health problems was revived this week when he met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Judging from a Reuters photograph, it seemed that Putin was wincing as he lowered himself into a chair, while Erdogan extended his arms as if to help. (Needless to say, Russia's state-controlled media did not show this scene.) This follows a similar incident in early September when Putin was seen limping and painfully bracing himself against a chair at the APEC summit in Vladivostok.

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