Vladimir Putin’s Public Absence Stirs Russian Clamor

March 14, 2015 1:40 AM

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Vladimir Putin’s Public Absence Stirs Russian Clamor

MOSCOW—The Kremlin said Vladimir Putin on Friday met Russia’s top judge and planned to travel to St. Petersburg for a Monday summit with Kyrgyzstan’s leader after days of denying reports that the Russian president was ill.

The Kremlin website published three official photos of Mr. Putin’s meeting with Russian Supreme Court Judge Vyacheslav Lebedev, though the event wasn’t open to the press. Russian state television also aired footage of the meeting, in which Mr. Putin looked in rude health.

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