Is Kanye West meeting with Vladimir Putin?

Members of his own team can't agree
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It’s one of the great mysteries of 2022 thus far. Is Kanye West going to Russia?

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West, now legally known as Ye, is plotting a trip to Russia this year to perform his first ever shows in the country, expand his business ventures, and meet with President Vladimir Putin, Billboard reports.

Ye’s strategic advisor and friend Ameer Sudan says plans are in place for West to travel either in the spring or the summer. Sudan says Russia is going to be “a second home” for Ye. “He will be spending a lot of time out there,” he said.

Alongside attorney Scott Balber, the two are working as liaisons between Ye and billionaire real estate developer Aras Agalarov and his son Emin Agalarov, who is a popular musician in Russia.

While there seems to be plenty of momentum behind this trip, Ye’s PR rep, Pierre Rougier, tells Rolling Stone it’s wishful thinking. “Entirely fabricated,” Rougier says of the story. “Work of fiction or wishful thinking from these Russian people.”

With conflicting feelings within his own team, there’s no real certainty as to whether or not Ye will travel to Russia, or meet with Vladimir Putin.

Still, Sudan is certain that Ye makes the trip. “This is Ye; Ye is going to get there regardless,” he told Billboard. “What are they going to say? He’s going to be a special guest of the Agalarovs. Kanye knows what’s going on more than the average human being; he’s well aware of things. And it’s nothing against the United States or to cause conflicts, but Ye is Ye — he can’t be controlled.”

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