Vladimir Putin’s video in Russia bolsters disease theories
A new video shows Vladimir Putin looking puffy and awkwardly clutching a table for support, bolstering suspicions that the hawkish president is gravely ill.
The footage published by the Kremlin Thursday shows Putin, 69, firmly gripping the table with his right hand as soon as he sits down – then keeping it there throughout the nearly 12-minute clip.
Putin sits with hunched shoulders and regularly fidgets and taps his toes during the briefing with his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, who is also believed to have health issues.
The clip shows Putin and his top adviser “both depressed and apparently in poor health”. tweeted Anders Aslund, a Swedish economist who was previously an adviser to Russia.
Former British politician Louise Mensch said that the images seems to support earlier reports that “Vladimir Putin has Parkinson’s disease”.
“Here you can see him gripping the table so his shaking hand is not visible, but he can’t keep his foot from tapping,” she wrote.
Other reports suggest that Putin recently had 35 secret meetings with an oncologist and bathed in the blood of deer antlers. The Kremlin denied he had the disease.
Professor Erik Bucy, body language expert from Texas Tech University, noted in the sun that Putin’s face looked clearly bloated, saying it “reinforces an unhealthy appearance”.
“He’s a surprisingly weakened Putin compared to the man we observed just a few years ago,” Bucy told the outlet.
“A able-bodied president wouldn’t need to stand with one hand outstretched for leverage and wouldn’t worry about keeping both feet planted on the ground.”