Putin Hurt in Judo Fight: Belarus President

Russian prez twisted spine after 'throwing guy'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 27, 2012 11:44 AM CST

(Newser) – Maybe it wasn't the bird flight after all. The latest intel on Vladimir Putin's health is that he was injured in a judo match. Of course, it's not that he lost; rather, "he lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine," says Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, who is apparently in the know because the macho Russian leader had to postpone a hockey game. "He tells me: 'We are not prepared yet to take on your team.' He has damaged his spine," Lukashenko tells Reuters. Putin will travel again next month, Kremlin insiders say.

Vladimir Putin meets with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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