Russia's Putin reappears after 10-day absence
16 March, 2015
President Vladimir Putin has appeared in public for the first time since 5 March, quelling intense speculation about his health, BBC reports.

He was meeting President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, in St Petersburg.

Commenting on the rumours about his health, Mr Putin said "things would be boring without gossip", RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Earlier, Mr Putin ordered Russia's navy on to a state of full combat readiness in the Arctic.

Russia says the navy drills involve 56 warships, planes
and 38,000 personnel.