Russian President Vladimir Putin was again seen apparently grabbing a table for his dear life – looking strained as his veins swell, amid growing speculation about his possible declining health.
The Kremlin leader’s vise grip was captured in footage taken during a meeting in Moscow with Sergei Kulikov, CEO of RusNano State Corp., according to Britain’s Underground.
Putin’s clumsy appearance mirrors his encounter with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in April, when he was seen grabbing a desk for support, also with his right hand, while looking bloated.
And it comes days after he was seen shaking and struggling to stand at an awards ceremony in the Kremlin, where he presented filmmaker Nikita Mikhailov with the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
The 69-year-old strongman’s doctors have reportedly advised him not to make ‘long’ public appearances due to his ‘unstable health’ – a claim made on Telegram channel General SVR, which is allegedly run by a source Kremlin military.
The account claimed Putin appeared to be falling ill – suffering from “acute illness, weakness and dizziness” – after appearing on video with advisers days earlier.
Putin has been plagued by rampant rumors that he has cancer, Parkinson’s disease or early-stage dementia.
“This is not a picture of a healthy Putin, but of a Putin appearing increasingly weak and barely able to stand at a small conference table,” the Sun recently told The Sun. body language expert Professor Erik Bucy of Texas Tech University.
“Putin’s legs also look quite thin, as if he is suffering from weight loss or muscle loss from some unannounced illness,” he told the outlet. “Facial bloating reinforces an unhealthy appearance, especially compared to photographs and videos of the Russian prime minister from a few years ago.”
Meanwhile, a professor of medicine at St George’s, University of London, told the Mirror he believed Putin had Parkinson’s disease.
“All this talk about thyroid cancer… if you had this five years ago, I don’t think it would be a problem now,” Professor Angus Dalgleish told the outlet.
“I think the only solid evidence that we see on a regular basis is the handshake and I think it’s a degenerative thing like Parkinson’s disease,” he said.
“The tremors would be consistent with Parkinson’s disease and certainly the tremors he has in his hands are all consistent with the disease,” Dalgleish continued, adding that Putin often exhibits a “straight face,” which is “the disease of classic Parkinson’s”.
But defense and security analyst Professor David Clarke told Sky News he thinks Putin “looks good” – refuting claims that you can diagnose a person by looking at pictures in the media.
“When you see him in these clips that we see more and more frequently now that COVID is over and he’s now coming out of the shadows, where he’s been for over two years, and he’s making it clear that he has the control – he looks all right,” Clarke said.
“I’ve spoken to a number of people who say you can’t tell Parkinson’s from the way he walks, you can’t tell the symptoms of cancer just by looking at pictures,” he said. he stated at the point of sale.
“I suspect he’s just a hypochondriac,” Clarke added.
“On October 7, he will be 70. He is known to do Botox pretty hard, I always say he tries to embalm himself while he is alive,” the expert said.
“He travels with doctors, we know there is a small team of doctors who are never far away, and he is said to leave meetings at frequent intervals to go see someone,” Clarke said.
Putin is said to bathe in blood extracted from deer antlers, which are cut as they grow and still full of fresh blood, according to Russian investigative newspaper The Project.
The Kremlin has denied any allegations that Putin is in poor health.
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