Russia's leaders battered by 'sports injuries'

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Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 11:05 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — First, Russian President Vladimir Putin begins to hobble because of what the Kremlin describes as a sports injury. Then, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shows up with a bandaged left wrist, again the result of a "sports injury."

Russia's leaders sure are an athletic bunch, or at least want to be seen as such.

Putin's spokesman says the president pulled a muscle while practicing judo, but the lack of details about his medical condition and his evident discomfort for much of the past three months has raised questions about the state of his health.

Even less is known about Lavrov, who arrived at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday with his left hand and wrist wrapped in white gauze. "A minor sports injury" is all the Foreign Ministry would say.

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