A Russia After Putin

Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic
Vladimir Putin’s mysterious sabbatical from public life is now in its eighth day, and, still, nobody knows where he is. The Kremlin, whose spokesman Dmitry Peskov has the unfortunate task of insisting nothing is wrong, denies that the Russian president is incapacitated. On Saturday, Moscow announced that Putin will surface on Monday in St. Petersburg, where he’s scheduled to meet Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev. The meeting would be Putin’s first public appearance since March 5, when he met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.