Russia’s dictator, Vladimir Putin, hasn’t been seen publicly for over eight days now (since March 05, 2015) and the news is traveling quickly around the world that there is speculation a shakeup is going on in that country.
Several news outlets are even speculating that Putin is dead...........this has all been happening behind the backdrop of the recent slaying of Putin’s political archrivalBoris Nemtsov.
Prior to Nemtsov’s murder on February 27, 2015, there were large protests around the country against Putin’s war against the Ukraine; and after the murder, there have been even larger protests in the streets of Moscow and other large Russian cities.
Meanwhile several news outlets continue to report that there are “very strange” things going on in Russia. (my speculation: most likely leaks from high Russian government officials in the know]
One of the reports is that Russia is recalling its military personnel from all of their embassies across the world; fueling the speculation of signs of trouble in Russia.
Russia has denied these reports.....and meanwhile, Russia is reporting that Putin is still scheduled to meet with the leader of Kyrgz this coming Monday.
Several mainstream news outlets are now reporting on this issue:
- Is Russian President Vladimir Putin missing? (NBC News/Today)
- Spotlight: Speculation keeps roiling as Russian President Putin remains out of sight [China’s Xinhuanet news outlet]
- Putin Has Vanished, but Rumors Are Popping Up Everywhere (New York Times)
- Vladimir Putin Dead? Missing Russian Leader’s Death Denied, But Kremlin Plans ‘Mystery’ Announcement (Inquisitr)
- Speculation rife as world waits for Putin to reappear BBC News - Europe
- Where is VladimirPutin? Russia's President has been AWOL for 10 days and the rumour mill is inoverdrive The Independent
- Where in the world isPutin? Russian President takes unusual hiatus from public life TVNZ
- Russia nuclear readyover Crimea: Putin News.Com.Au
- Boris Nemtsov Ukrainereport 'to be released in April' BBC News - Europe
Could be pretty interesting to see what comes about over the next few days!!
March 10, 2015 @ 09:29
Ukraine intends to protect human rights and its assets in Crimea and to eventually regain control over the peninsula, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.
"There are a number of steps we need to take and on which we will be insisting with the purpose of regaining Crimea," Poroshenko said in an interview with Pershyi Natsionalnyi Channel on Monday night.
The president said they would be protecting rights of Ukrainians residing in Crimea in the first turn."We need to protect every Ukrainian tortured by Russian security services: a Crimean Tatar, a Ukrainian activist or a cleric of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate.
This is the first priority I have set for the Foreign Ministry, the security services, the government and the others," the chief of state said.
In addition, Ukraine will insist on protecting its assets in Crimea, both government-owned and corporate, he said.
"On my orders, the Justice Ministry and the government will work out, in particular, with the assistance of foreign legal experts, and start to implement their tactics in legal defense of Ukrainian interests," the president said.
It is also important to take away all Ukrainian weapons left in Crimea, the Ukrainian leader continued.
"We need to take away all weapons left in Crimea, and we will be insisting on this," Poroshenko said.
Kyiv will be reinforcing the border with Crimea in order to prevent incursions of saboteurs, reconnaissance groups, terrorists and other threats, he underlined.
"Most importantly, we should demonstrate that life is much better on this side [of the border with] with occupied territory.
People are already coming to realize [the true nature of the situation]," Poroshenko stated.