For the second time within a week, Russia has found it necessary to publicly deny rumors that President Vladimir Putin has died.
This is reported by Politico.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesperson, addressed the rumors on Friday, calling them an "absurd disinformation hoax."
Peskov had to reiterate the president's well-being after rumors circulated over the weekend that Putin had died of a heart attack.
"Everything is fine with him," Peskov stated on Tuesday. The need for Kremlin to even address this issue could be due to the increasing spread of these rumors on social media platforms, particularly on Telegram.
Speculations and theories
Recently, there have also been talks of an attempted coup, with some even specifying the time and place where Putin supposedly passed away.
Normally, the Kremlin never comments on the president's health. However, an exception was made in 2018 when Putin disappeared from the public eye for two days just weeks before a presidential election. At that time, Peskov announced that Putin had a cold and was therefore not participating in the campaign.
The most recent photographs of President Putin were taken yesterday. Unless one subscribes to the doppelganger theory, the rumors about his death appear to be highly exaggerated.