After 10-Day Absence, Russian President Vladimir Putin Appears at a Meeting in St Petersburg (VIDEO)

This is the first public appearance by Putin since March 5th. There is still no explanation for why he was gone.
BBC has the video



BBC
Russian President Vladimir Putin has laughed off speculation about his health after making his first appearance in public since 5 March.

Life "would be boring without gossip", he told Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev at talks in St Petersburg.

The 62-year-old appeared relaxed and smiled before the television cameras.

His disappearance from public view had sparked rumors that he might have fallen ill, died, been removed in a coup, or once again become a father.

A brief video of Mr Putin's meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart at the Constantine Palace in Russia's second city was broadcast by state television without sound.

There was no obvious sign that Mr Putin had been or still was suffering from any medical condition, says the BBC's Richard Galpin in Moscow.