Russia-Ukraine: fragile photo of Vladimir Putin arouses health, rumors about Parkinson’s disease
The appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a church service has sparked rumors that the strongman may be sick.
A frail-looking Vladimir Putin fueled rumors of failing health last night as he was seen biting his lip, fidgeting distractedly and appearing unsteady during a church service.
The bully – dogged by claims he has Parkinson’s disease or terminal cancer – growled as he held a candle near the altar during a midnight mass for Orthodox Easter, The sun reports.
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It came days after a disheveled 69-year-old Putin was seen grabbing a table and tapping his foot in a video that Kremlin watchers said showed a drastic decline in his physical condition.
Last night he appeared less bloated than in recent weeks as he stood alone at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral alongside the city’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin.
Brief television footage showed few obvious signs of the telltale tremors often associated with Parkinson’s disease.
But viewers watched as the aging autocrat seemed to shift uncomfortably, stick his tongue out and chew his lips.
He also looked up at the ceiling and down at a mass led by his friend Patriarch Kirill, who supported his invasion of Ukraine.
At one point, the president was seen signing slowly, appearing to take great pains to control the movement.
He said nothing but joining the congregation with the response “Truly he is risen,” Reuters reports.
The public appearance came days after Putin was shown on Russian television giving orders to defense chief Sergei Shoigu on the Mariupol siege.
Observers said the lone bully looked “weak and barely able to sit up straight” in his chair.
It was one of his most shocking appearances so far, without his usual strongman bravado.
Putin looked disheveled, in pain and distracted as he ordered Shoigu to blockade the Azovstal steelworks, where more than 1,000 Ukrainian defenders and civilians are holed up, “so that a fly cannot enter”.
The experts said The sun the images are “not a portrait of a healthy Putin”.
Putin is seen in the video appearing with a puffy face while slumped deeply in his chair.
His foot seems to tap constantly and his hand grips the edge of the table.
The crazed bully sits firmly at the table throughout the 12-minute meeting.
His fingers are wedged under the table as his thumb twitches on top, and he spends most of the rally tapping with both feet.
Putin’s health has long been the source of rumors and speculation – but there have been reports that Western intelligence services believe Putin is not a healthy man.
Kremlin officials have always denied that anything is wrong with their leader, who turns 70 in October.
Professor Erik Bucy, a body language expert from Texas Tech University, told The Sun Online: “He is a surprisingly weakened Putin compared to the man we observed just a few years ago.
“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.”
He used the example of Richard Nixon’s appearance in the 1960 presidential debate against JFK.
The Republican looked weak and needed to prepare while recovering from a knee injury and exhaustion.
“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,” Bucy added.
“Putin’s legs also look quite thin, as if he is suffering from weight loss or muscle loss due to an unannounced illness.
“Facial bloating reinforces an unhealthy appearance, especially compared to the photographs and video of the Russian premiere from a few years ago.”
He added that Putin also appears to be avoiding Shoigu’s gaze – appearing to be evasive, fearful, insecure and uncomfortable.
Professor Patrick Stewart of the University of Arkansas also noted that Putin seemed very stressed and almost exhibited an “escape” reaction.
He also focused on his tapping feet, suggesting it was a “leak” as Putin tried to control himself – his leg movements possibly seeming involuntary.
“Hands held under the table are in an almost pleading position, while holding the table is unlike anything I’ve seen before – definitely holding the podium tightly is something we’ve seen from Putin in the review of ‘a stressful issue in front of the free press,’ said Professor Stewart.
Some expert social media watchers have also focused on Putin’s odd behavior in what may be one of the most revealing appearances about his health to date.
Louise Mensch, a former Tory MP, who previously spoke about Putin’s potential health issues, wrote: “Putin has Parkinson’s disease and here you can see him grabbing the table so that his shaking hand is not visible but he can’t stop his foot from tapping. ”
It is not the first time that questions have been raised about the health of the Russian despot.
Experts have pointed out that Putin has looked “bloated” and “weakened” in recent public appearances and has even seen a doctor who specializes in thyroid cancer.
The report by investigative outlet Proekt – which is blocked in Russia – says surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov, from Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital, surrendered to the Russian leader no less than 35 times in the resort town of Sochi, on the Black Sea.
The respected doctor’s expertise is thyroid cancer.
This discovery confirms recent theories that Putin declared war while suffering from medical problems hidden from the Russian people.
In November 2020, political analyst Valery Solovei revealed the cancer and Parkinson’s disease theory claiming that Putin also needed to undergo emergency surgery.
He said at the time of Putin’s health problems: “One is psycho-neurological in nature, the other is a cancer problem.
“If anyone is interested in the exact diagnosis, I am not a doctor and I have no ethical right to reveal these issues.
“The second diagnosis is much, much more dangerous than the first diagnosis because Parkinson’s disease does not threaten the physical condition, but simply limits public appearances.
“But there is a fatal diagnosis.
“Based on this information, people will be able to draw a conclusion about his life horizon, which wouldn’t even require specialized medical training.”
He added that the Russian president had undergone surgery with another source claiming it was surgery for abdominal cancer.
Video footage showed Putin’s leg constantly moving and his fingers shaking, supporting the Parkinson’s theory.
Putin also suffered a coughing fit during a televised meeting, but claims about his health were disputed by the Kremlin.
The report goes on to identify doctors who regularly travel with Putin on trips, including to Sochi which he prefers to Moscow.
Alongside Selivanov, the Russian leader is also followed by a neurosurgeon.
Another surgeon, Dr. Alexey Shcheglov, “follows Putin so relentlessly that at public events he would have taken pictures with the head of state”.
He is considered “the doctor who, among other things, can be the first to detect problems with the thyroid gland, including oncological,” it is claimed.
This story was published in The Sun and reproduced with permission.