Despite clarifications from the Kremlin that Russian President Vladimir Putin is fine healthwise, social media is agogue over the hashtag #putinisdead that has gone viral on twitter, while someone created a satire website titled “isputindead.com”.
The trigger to death hoax of Putin came when the Kazakhstan government said his ill-health could have forced him to cancel a bilateral meeting. “It looks like he has fallen ill,” a Kazakh official had told Reuters.
Soon, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, told media that his health is fine and his “handshake is so strong he breaks hands with it”. Putin himself appeared in the public to reiterate that his health is perfect.
This is not for the first time that a death hoax of Putin went viral. In 2012, similar rumor rocked the world when his visits to Moscow were curtailed. He was then prime minister though.
Here is a sample of Twitter messages which have gone around:
— Andrea Chalupa (@AndreaChalupa) March 13, 2015
— Peter Johnson (@alcebaid) March 13, 2015
#PutinIsDead he’s not in Switzerland confirmed his girlfriend gave birth 2 weeks ago !
— Ellie crusader (@ElaineHynes3) March 13, 2015
— Alex Cowan (@DesareonFilms) March 13, 2015