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Published On: Sun, Mar 15th, 2015

Putin Dead? Coup? Probably Just B.S. – Moscow Webcam Shows Quiet Activity Around Kremlin

TND Exclusive:  Eric Dubin |

screen grab from CCTV, Kremlin

screen grab from CCTV, Kremlin

With the “disappearance” of Russian President Putin, millions of people are asking questions.  There have been reports that a major announcement is due today or on Monday, although it appears that this website (Google machine translation) was responsible for the initial claim about a Sunday announcement and there has been zero corroboration.

Pictures showing unusual activity around the Kremlin have been tweeted, and captured by closed circuit television cameras.

 

In an odd twist, Debka, the Israeli intelligence community linked website reported that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s website had a report about Putin’s death posted for about 20 minutes.  I have not been able to corroborate this report, which is fishy because screen captures and other reports should have surfaced by now.

A number of videos have surfaced showing Putin conducting meetings during the past week.  But universally, they ended up raising further questions because it wasn’t clear when the videos were filmed.  Putin apparently spoke with Armeniam President Serzh Sargsyan on March 12.  Reportage about that official conversation happened before the “where’s Putin” rumors developed a full head of steam and appears to be the strongest official reportage debunking the rumors.

Ultimately, it’s not likely there has been a coup, nor is it likely that Putin is dead.  We would have seen police and army activity around state ministries, the Duma and other official buildings.  The lack of signals relating to state organs of power and the overall implausibility of a coup was authoritatively addressed by Russia expert Dr. Mark Galeotti (click here).

One streaming webcam that offers a live view of the Kremlin’s 16th Century Ivan The Great Bell Tower gives a pretty good sense for the vehicle traffic on the perimeter of the Kremlin.  It’s Sunday, just after 1 p.m. local Moscow time and traffic looks pretty normal:

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Click here to watch live video from this cam.

On March 8, Putin signed 37 decrees and laws, which would fit with a narrative that he was heading for a winter break.

Winston Churchill once quipped, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”  Frankly, these Putin rumors appear to be b.s.  We’ll know soon enough.

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- Mr. Dubin is the Managing Editor of TheNewsDoctors.com. He has 25 years of experience as an independent buyside securities and global macro analyst. He has well over a decade of experience as a financial journalist, editor and political analyst. He's primarily an autodidact, but his formal education includes degrees in economics, international relations and MBA. He welcomes feedback on his articles and will make an effort to respond to comments. Email Eric by sending to "Eric" and then @TheNewsDoctors.com. He can also be "followed" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricDubin

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