Support The Moscow Times!

Putin Cancels All Meetings for a Week

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled all planned engagements for the rest of the week, the RBC newspaper reported Wednesday, citing Kremlin sources.

The reasons for the cancellations is as yet unknown. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists that none of Putin’s scheduled trips had been “decidedly confirmed.”

A State Council meeting in Altai which Putin had been due to attend was cancelled on Tuesday and has now been indefinitely postponed. His appearance at an event in Yakutia on Thursday was also cancelled, RBC reported.

“I wouldn’t dramatize the situation,” said Egor Borisov, President of the Yakutia Region. “The head of state has a schedule which can be changed.”

Putin has not attended a public event since his official visit to Finland on July 1.

It is not the first time that the Russian leader has disappeared from the public eye. Putin also cancelled all engagements and disappeared from public view for 11 days in March 2015.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.