U.S. News & World Report – Moscow denied rumors – again – that Russian President Vladimir Putin suffers from a debilitating illness, with one of his top advisers stating publicly that he is not in poor health.
“President Vladimir Putin appears in public every day,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told French television channel TF1 over the weekend. “You can see him on the screens, read his speeches, listen to his speeches.”
“I don’t think sane people can discern any sort of symptom of disease in this man,” he concluded.
Lavrov, among several top Russian officials to come under Western sanctions since Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine more than three months ago, has become only the latest in a long line of Kremlin officials to respond to unsubstantiated – but persistent – rumors about the 69-year-old leader’s health.
While few facts about Putin’s condition have become public, Moscow’s acknowledgements of such reports are almost certainly uncomfortable for an autocrat who has worked diligently and deliberately to project an image of physical strength and virility during more than two decades in power.
Footage circulated widely on social media and online in recent weeks appears to show Putin exhibiting signs of some form of neurological or physiological condition.
One particular clip from April supposedly shows him quivering uncontrollably and appearing to grip onto a table for support.
Another appears to show his right hand shaking before he grabs it with his left hand moments before embracing Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Christopher Steele, the former British spy who became notorious for his dossier of unsubstantiated intelligence observations regarding former President Donald Trump, has also lobbed disturbing assessments of Putin’s health and grip on power, saying the Russian leader is constantly surrounded by a team of doctors and that state business is routinely interrupted for the president to undergo medical treatment.
Business Insider quoted him as saying Putin “probably” is experiencing Parkinson’s disease, though he acknowledges that the exact details of any potential ailment are unknown … READ MORE.