Hundreds of thousands of Russians searched for answers surrounding President Vladimir Putin‘s health in October, via Russia’s most popular search engine Yandex, as an unfounded rumor that he had suffered a cardiac arrest made headlines around the globe.

Agentstvo, a Russian investigative site launched in 2021, found that the search terms “dead Putin,” “dying Putin” and “Putin died” had more than 417,000 impressions, with the queries about his alleged death appearing in the top 12 queries with the word “Putin.”