And on July 7, Putin reportedly was expected in Nizhny Novgorod to open a new factory; but according to the news agency’s sources, this event was not only organized at the last minute but cancelled shortly thereafter. It reported that the factory owners hope to have it rescheduled later this month or in August.
RBC reports today that “the last time Putin took part in public activities to which the press was invited was at the end of last week” when he flew to Finland. The presidential Internet page lists subsequent meetings with regional heads, but at least one of them took place earlier than the Kremlin reported.
The last time Putin was out of public view this long was in March 2015 when he did not appear in public for eleven days. At that time, Western news agencies like Reuters reported that the Kremlin leader was ill, something his press spokesman denied.