Putin reappears in joking mood after 10-day absence

March 16, 2015 7:20 PM

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Looking fit and joking about all the fuss over his unexplained 10-day absence from public view, President Vladimir Putin reappeared on Monday to quell the swirling speculation about the state of his health and his hold on power.

"It would be dull without gossip," Putin said with a smile during a meeting with Kyrgyzstan's president, Almazbek Atambayev, at St. Petersburg's ornate Konstantin Palace.

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