MOSCOW – Vladimir Putin has surrounded himself with such a fog of secrecy that we no longer know where he lives, how many children or lovers he has, if his health is deteriorating or if he plans to stay in power .
The old man’s KGB love of secrecy has long fueled the rumors and conspiracy theories that quietly roamed Moscow. But 2020 was the year the rumors got out of hand. Encouraged by the omnipotence of online rumor, the Russian media now dare to urge them to publish.
This year, the tabloids reported that the Russian president was ill and was about to leave the Kremlin. After Putin, 68, coughed during a meeting with the government on November 19, the gossip exploded.
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