Russian President Vladimir Putin was once again seen seemingly clinging to a table for dear life – appearing tense as his veins swell, amid mounting speculation about his possible deterioration in health.
The Kremlin leader’s grip was captured in footage shot during a meeting in Moscow with Sergei Kulikov, CEO of RusNano State Corp., according to UK Metro.
Putin’s awkward appearance mirrors his meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in April, when he was seen grabbing a desk for support, even with his right hand, while looking swollen.
And it comes days after he was seen shaking and struggling to stand up during an awards ceremony in the Kremlin, where he awarded director Nikita Mikhailov the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
Doctors of the 69-year-old strongman reportedly advised him not to make “lengthy” public appearances due to his “unstable health” – a claim made on the Telegram General SVR channel, which is allegedly run by a source. Kremlin military.
The account said Putin appeared to be getting sick – he was suffering from “severe illness, weakness and dizziness ” – after appearing on video with advisors a few days earlier.
Putin has been plagued by rampant rumors that he suffers from cancer, Parkinson’s disease or early stage dementia.
“This is not a portrait of a sane Putin, but of one who appears increasingly weak and barely able to stand at a small conference table,” body language expert Professor Erik Bucy told the Sun recently. , of Texas Tech University.
“Putin’s legs also look pretty thin, as if he might be suffering from weight or muscle loss from an unannounced illness,” he told the outlet. “The swelling in the face reinforces an unhealthy appearance, especially compared to the photographs and videos of the Russian premier a few years ago”.
Meanwhile, a professor of medicine at St George’s, University of London, told the Mirror that he believes Putin suffers from Parkinson’s.
“All this talk about thyroid cancer … if I had it five years ago, I don’t think it would be a problem now,” Professor Angus Dalgleish told the news.
“I think the only solid evidence we see on a regular basis is hand tremor and I think it’s a degenerative thing like Parkinson’s,” he said.
“The tremors would be consistent with Parkinson’s and certainly the tremors he has in his hands are all compatible with the disease,” Dalgleish continued, adding that Putin often presents with a “deadpan face”, which is “classic Parkinson’s.”
But Professor David Clarke, a defense and security analyst, told Sky News he believes Putin actually “looks fine,” refuting claims that it is possible to diagnose a person by looking at images in the media.
“When you see him in these clips we see more and more now that COVID has passed and is now coming out of the shadows, where it has been for over two years, and he’s making it clear he’s in control – it all feels right,” he said. Clarke.
“I’ve talked to a number of people who say it’s not possible to detect Parkinson’s disease by the way you walk, you can’t detect the symptoms of cancer just by looking at the photographs,” he told the outlet.
“I suspect he’s just a hypochondriac,” Clarke added.
“He will turn 70 on October 7. He’s known to hit Botox pretty heavily, I always say he’s trying to embalm himself while he’s still alive,” the expert said.
“He moves with doctors, there is a known small team of doctors who are never far away, and he is said to leave meetings at frequent intervals to go and consult with someone,” Clarke said.
Putin is said to take a bath in blood extracted from deer antlers, which are cut off as they grow and are still filled with fresh blood, according to the Russian investigative project.
The Kremlin has denied any allegations that Putin is in poor health.