I do find it more than disturbing that anyone can make up anything about any public figure without the slightest bit of evidence and it will be given press and treated as fact. To me this story is the ultimate example of what journalism has become and how scary it is. You invent a completely bullshit story, and then make follow-up stories of the reaction to this bullshit as if it were based on actual evidence. And now they have attached this invented story to Putin in people’s consciousness, some believe it’s true, some believe it’s not, but forever will there be “speculations” about his “alleged homosexuality”, all out of absolutely nothing, not one little shred of proof. This seems to be the "trend" among biographers today: to claim the targeted personality was "gay." I've now seen it written about Lincoln, Hitler, etc. I think this trend has more to do with selling books than anything. After all, what else could they possibly turn up new on a famous deceased world leader which hasn't already been probed a thousands times over already? I know! Let's claim he/she was homosexual/lesbian!