The rumor mill on Russian president Vladimir Putin are receiving the oddest speculations, from him being sick to the extent of already being dead, followed by a secret funeral. The most outrageous of them all was the rumor that Mr Putin himself has already joined the ISIS.
Putin is dead and/or joined the ISIS
On March 12, The Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty had collated the best of Putin jokes on Russia’s Twitter – from the president having cancer, recovering from plastic surgery or suffering a heart attack.
According to one Twitter user, the search phrase “Putin has died” trended on Russian web. Also, a Russian website allowed people to ask “has Putin died?” Whoever types the question is given an automated response saying “No, he’s alive” and “No, that’s not why it stinks in Moscow.”
Jokes went as far as posting old pictures of him with captions saying they were taken during a secret funeral. Twitter user Matt Taibbi joked that the Russian president had already joined the terrorist group ISIS.
— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) March 11, 2015
Russian Twitter continues to burn up with jokes about the rumored disappearance of Putin. “He has converted to Islam to fight with ISIS…”
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) March 12, 2015
Not seen since March 5
Putin was never seen in public since March 5, sources from Russia have been saying. His last public appearance was during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. On March 11, he was supposed to meet important officials from South Ossetia, but it was postponed to March 18.
“They didn’t take off. They headed out in the morning but did not make it to the plane because they were told it was postponed,” unnamed sources told Reuters.
Another unidentified source from the Kazakh government told Reuters that Mr Putin’s trip to Astana was also cancelled because he was sick.
Putin Is very Much Alive
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian president is very much in good health.
“He has meetings all the time. He has meetings today, tomorrow. I don’t know which ones we will make public,” Peskov told Reuters.