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Daily Star references a popular and notable set of conspiracy theories that Vladimir Putin died (presumably in 2014/2015) and who you see today is a body double.

As part of the evidence they cite supposed statements from Putin's ex-wife:

An article circulated online – reportedly originally published in a German newspaper in 2015 – features strange quotes attributed to Lyudmila Putin which seems to support the theory of the death of Vlad.

She is claimed to have said: "My husband, unfortunately, has long been dead."

“I have to admit it publicly, because I could no longer see what is happening on his behalf. It’s terrible people."

Has Vladimir Putin been dead since 2014 or 2015?

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    Is this falsifiable? It is ludicrous, yet there's no way to prove it – Oddthinking Jan 1 '17 at 23:46
  • @Oddthinking - at the very least, the quoted piece of the claim is falsifiable for sure. – user5341 Jan 2 '17 at 1:34
  • So the question is "Did Lyudmila Putin say ...?"? – Oddthinking Jan 2 '17 at 2:16
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    It's tricky. Part of the trouble is that someone could confirm beyond doubt that Lyudmila Putin did say this or didn't say this, and it would have no impact on whether the wider claim was seen as true, by either side. – Oddthinking Jan 2 '17 at 10:09
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    I searched for interviews with Putin's ex-wife in German newspapers and for the quote. I was not able to find anything even close to it. Since Ljudmila Putina's German is perfect, she would have given the interview in German, and it would be easy to find when you look for German wording. Yet, there is no trace of it online. There is one article that discusses rumors about Putin's health in 2015, but there is no quote: welt.de/politik/ausland/article138329730/… – daraos Jan 2 '17 at 13:31

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