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#WhereIsPutin is a hashtag associated with jokes and conspiracy theories surrounding the whereabouts of Russian president Vladimir Putin during his ten-day public absence in early March 2015.


On March 11th, 2015, Twitter user @szaulo[2] posted a tweet asking "How many doubles does Putin have?" along with the hashtag "WhereIsPutin"[5] (shown below).

Paweł Niezbecki @szaulo * Follow So, how nany doublks doos Puitir aave? #WherelsPutin わt ★ … FAVORITE 4:01 PM-11 Mar 2015


On March 12th, 2015, Twitter user @grodaeu[1] posted a #WhereIsPutin tweet joking that the Russian politician was "praciticing for a surprise entry into Eurovision" with the hashtag "#whereisputin" (shown below).

* grodaeu @grodaeu Follow Practicing for a surprise entry into Eurovision #whereisputin わ ★ RETWEETSFAVORITES 19 4:55 PM-12 Mar 2015

On March 14th, Twitter user @CWynnkWilson[3] tweeted a photograph of several European Union leaders with the caption "#EU leaders also looking for #Putin #WhereIsPutin" (shown below). In the first 48 hours, the tweet gained over 360 retweets and 200 favorites.

mesith chris wynnyk wilson * Follow exas@CWynnykWilison #EU lesaders also l()()king ior #Putin #Where lsPutin わ ★ RETWEETS FAVORITES 368 212 10:25 AM-14 Mar 2015

On the following day, Twitter user @Otto_English[4] posted a tweet comparing a photograph of Putin next to a look-alike dog (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the tweet gathered upwards of 160 retweets and 110 favorites.

* Follow @otto_English Of all the theories circulating the one that says he's iumed into a (log is a『non《] ihe) most credible #WhereIsPutin RETWEETS FAVORITES 160 115 10:03 AM-15 Mar 2015

On March 16th, Putin appeared on television where he remarked that life "would be boring without gossip" while meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev (shown below). In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the hashtag, including BBC News,[6] Bustle,[7] Mashable[8] and The Guardian.[9]

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[1] Twitter – @grodaeu

[2] Twitter – @szaulo

[3] Twitter – CWynnykWilson

[4] Twitter – @Otto_English

[5] Twitter – #WhereIsPutin

[6] BBC News – Where has Putin been?

[7] Bustle – Where Is Putin Memes

[8] Mashable – Where the hell is Putin?

[9] The Guardian – Russian internet imagines a future without Putin

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