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Who said he had emergency surgery?
It doesn't make sense for Putin to not at least issue a statement that he had emergency surgery and will be unable to perform his duties for a period of time.
Is that why there are no fly zones established when Obama is on vacation?
If there really is a no fly zone over Putin's home that simple enough as they don't want any news getting out if he is or isn't there.
Actually, it's the market price of oil that's the problem, not sanctions.
What is really being hit hard by the sanctions is Russian Oil production.
originally posted by: aboutface
a reply to: SkepticOverlord
A cold can last as long as ten days, but it can often be less. Unless there were complications, am just not buying that one.
originally posted by: Chansi3
a reply to: MagesticEsoteric Same here. I think it is time to regroup and find out what is fact at this point. We have opinions,rumors,reports, and what we need now is to correlate all actual information, then move on from there. This is the most I have read in a very long time .
It has been said by the Kremlin that he has been ill.
Read the first quote again as it clearly states that it doesn't make sense that he wouldn't issue a statement if he was ill.
Yes. That is why the island of Oahu becomes a no-fly zone when Obama is on vacation there.
No-fly zones are to avoid people from snooping or worse. That is the point.
I know but falling oil prices have caused real economic problems for Russia.
Russian oil execs have been sanctioned.
originally posted by: ShadeWolf
a reply to: MontukKraken
It's not his style. Putin goes out of his way to maintain an image of strength and power. As I understand it, he's fairly vain as well (and not above showing off his physique in ridiculous photo ops), so being seen publicly in less-than-peak condition would be a blow to his carefully-cultivated mystique.
originally posted by: MontukKraken
a reply to: ShadeWolf
Which makes it all that much more strange. Disappearing for almost 2 weeks doesn't exactly do much for the appearance of a strong leader either.