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“No need to worry, everything is all right. He has working meetings all the time, only not all of these meetings are public,” Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday in an interview with Echo of Moscow radio. He added that the president is “absolutely healthy” and that “his handshake is so strong he breaks hands with it.”
Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta, cited by the Interpreter Magazine, reported that the ceremony was canceled because the agreement was incomplete. The South Ossetia parliament reportedly put a vote of confidence against David Sanakoyev, head of the South Ossetian republic. Russkiy Monitor, cited by the Interpreter Magazine, also republished an email it allegedly received claiming that Putin has had a stroke. “A letter arrived in the electronic email box of Russkiy Monitor signed by an anonymous official of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Department of Presidential Affairs in Moscow, in which he reported that among the patients of this elite Moscow hospital, where the top leadership of the Russian Federation are registered, there were rumors that Vladimir Putin was diagnosed several days ago with an ischemic stroke,” it read. Russkiy Monitor also published an anonymous online post from a user claiming that the Russian embassy in London was set to make a major announcement shortly. Medical experts have speculated that Putin may have suffered a stroke previously, possibly in utero, based on analysis of footage of his movement and speech