The rumours of Putin’s secret health fight have long been suspected, with speculations ranging from cancer to Parkinson’s disease.
As he sat opposite Sergei Shoigu giving commands regarding the siege of Mariupol, the elderly autocrat appeared “feeble and barely able to hold himself upright.”
Putin’s secret health fight has long been suspected, with speculations ranging from cancer to Parkinson’s disease.
And his most recent appearance was one of the most surprising yet, as he lacked his normal strongman confidence.
Putin appeared dishevelled, in pain, and confused when he urged Shoigu to block the Azovstal steel factory, “so that a fly can’t get in,” where over 1000 heroic Ukrainian defenders and civilians are holed up.
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According to experts, Vlad’s latest appearance is “not the portrait of a healthy Putin.”
Putin can be seen in the footage with a bloated face and slouching heavily into his chair.
His foot looks to be tapping constantly, and his hand is gripping the table’s edge.
Throughout the whole 12-minute meeting, the deranged tyrant maintains a solid grasp on the table.
He has his fingers braced beneath the table, his thumb twitching on the top, and he spends the majority of the conversation tapping both feet.
Vladimir Putin’s health has long been a source of speculation and gossip, but it has been stated that Western intelligence believes he is not in good health.
Officials in the Kremlin have consistently denied that their leader, who turns 70 in October, is ill.
“It’s an astonishingly weakened Putin compared to the man we observed even a few years ago,” said Texas Tech University body language specialist Professor Erik Bucy.
“An able-bodied president would not need to keep himself propped up with a hand held out for leverage and would not be concerned about keeping both feet planted on the ground.”
He cited Richard Nixon’s appearance during the 1960 presidential debate against John F. Kennedy as an example.
While recovering from a knee ailment and tiredness, the Republican appeared frail and had to brace himself.
“This is not a portrait of a healthy Putin but one appearing increasingly feeble and barely able to hold himself upright at a small conference table,” Bucy added.
“Putin’s legs also appear quite thin, as if he may be suffering from weight or muscle loss from an unannounced malady.
“Bloating in his face reinforces an unhealthy appearance, especially compared to photographs and video of the Russian premiere from a few years ago.”
Putin also appears to avoid Shoigu’s gaze, giving the impression of a man who is evasive, afraid, insecure, and uneasy, according to him.
Putin was anxious and almost exhibited a “flight” response, according to Professor Patrick Stewart of the University of Arkansas.
He also focused on Putin’s tapping feet, implying that this was “leakage” as he tried to maintain control, with his leg movements likely appearing to be involuntary.
“The hands being held up under the table are in an almost begging position, while holding the table is different from what I’ve seen previously – certainly holding tightly onto the podium is something we have seen from Putin when considering a stressful issue in front of the free press,” said Professor Stewart.
On social media, some experts focused on Putin’s unusual behavior, which may be one of his health’s most telling appearances to date.
“Putin has Parkinson’s disease, and here you can see him gripping the table so that his shaking hand is not visible, but he cannot stop his foot from tapping,” wrote Louise Mensch, a former Tory MP who previously reported on Putin’s potential health concerns.
It’s not the first time that concerns about the Russian despot’s health have been expressed.
Putin has been evaluated by a doctor who specializes in Thyroid cancer and appears “bloated” and “weak” in recent public appearances, according to experts.
According to a revelation by Russian investigative media Proekt, surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov of Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital flew to Russian President Vladimir Putin 35 times in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Thyroid cancer is one of the respected doctor’s specialties.
The revelation lends credence to current accusations that Putin declared war while suffering from physical issues that were kept secret from the Russian people.
Valery Solovei, a political analyst, revealed the cancer and Parkinson’s theory in November 2020, alleging that Putin also need emergency surgery.
“One is of a psycho-neurological nature, the other is a cancer problem,” he remarked at the time of Putin’s health problems.
“If anyone is interested in the exact diagnosis, I’m not a doctor, and I have no ethical right to reveal these problems.
“The second diagnosis is a lot, lot more dangerous than the first-named diagnosis as Parkinson’s does not threaten physical state, but just limits public appearances.
“But there is a fatal diagnosis.
“Based on this information people will be able to make a conclusion about his life horizon, which wouldn’t even require specialist medical education.”
He went on to say that the Russian President had surgery, which another source claimed was for abdominal cancer.
Putin’s leg was continually moving and his fingers were twitching in video footage, supporting the Parkinson’s allegation.
Putin recently had a coughing fit at a televised meeting, although the Kremlin refuted the claims concerning his health.
The story continues to name doctors who accompany Putin on travels, particularly to Sochi, which he favors to Moscow.
A neurosurgeon is accompanying Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Another physician, Dr. Alexey Shcheglov, “follows Putin so relentlessly that during public events he allegedly gets into joint photographs with the head of state.”
He is regarded as “the doctor who, among other things, can be the first to detect problems with the thyroid gland, including oncological ones,” according to reports.