Mystery surrounds Vladimir Putin's black eye

Friday October 29, 2010

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has kept his countrymen guessing after he arrived for talks with Ukrainian leaders sporting what appeared to be a black eye covered up with heavy make up.

Being a black-belt in judo, some reports say it may have been due to the hazards of the combative sport.

Others, however, suggested the 58-year-old politician could have undergone some type of surgery.

Ukrainian television also reported that he had noticeable swelling to the eye and he appeared to be in a “bad mood” at the meeting.

Quick to deny the rumours, the prime minister’s office said the apparent black eye was simply due to bad lighting and a very busy schedule.

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