Following Long Absence

March 13, 2015 2:12 PM

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The Russian government released photographs this morning of the strongman meeting with the head of the country's supreme court. But the calendar often seen on his desk is not in the frame -- and there's no way for ABC News to independently verify the meeting occurred today.

If authentic, these pictures mark the first time in a week Putin has been seen in public. He was spotted meeting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on March 5, and every day since then, the rumor mill has been working overtime.

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