Russian President Vladimir Putin makes his first public appearance since March 5, after rumours about his health. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance in more than ten days on Monday (March 16), amid speculation over his health. On Sunday, a Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on a report from the independent news outlet Dozhd that said Putin had not been in Moscow for the last few days. Putin, who was not seen in public or on live television broadcasts for more than a week, postponed a meeting with Kazakh and Belarussian leaders last week. His silence in the past week fuelled feverish speculation on everything from the state of his health to his grip on power and whether he went to Switzerland to watch his girlfriend give birth. The Kremlin has denied the rumours.