by Howard Amos, The Telegraph:
President Vladimir Putin has made his first public appearance for over ten days, scotching rumours of a Kremlin coup and even his own death.
All eyes were on the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on Monday as Mr Putin met with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, for talks as planned.
Commenting on suggestions that he had been forced to lie low because of ill health, Mr Putin said that life without rumours would be boring.
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