Putin ‘to resign as Russian president’ as Kremlin footage uncovers major health concerns.
He is reportedly developing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Moscow sources close to Mr Putin have claimed the 68-year-old leader has begun developing symptoms of Parkinson’s, which affects the brain and can cause shaking and
stiffness. Observers noted that Mr Putin is beginning to show signs of weakness in his hands, struggling to hold pens, as well as constantly twitching his leg. Mr Putin has served more than 20 years as Russian president over two terms,
and recently won a referendum on changing the term limits for leaders of the country. It comes as the President is also pushing through legislation granting him additional powers and immunity if he were to resign as leader of Russia.
Observers, who watched recent footage of Mr Putin, pointed out the President’s legs looked to be in constant motion. They also noted Mr Putin looked to be in pain while clutching the armrest of a chair.
Mr Putin’s fingers are also seen to be twitching as he held a pen, with the overseers also claiming he gripped a cup believed to contain a cocktail of painkillers.
Analysts informed of the President’s health also claimed Alina Kabaeva, aged 37 and former lover of Mr Putin, has begged him to step down.
Professor Valery Solovei, Moscow political scientist, added Mr Putin’s daughters, Maria Vorontsova , 35, and Katerina Tikhonova, 34, are pressuring him to step down.
He added to The Sun: “There is a family, it has a great influence on him. “He intends to make public his handover plans in January.”
Prof. Soloveo also claimed to the outlet a new Prime Minister will be appointed by the President, who has been “groomed” to take over from him.
The reports come as Mr Putin has personally drafted legislation ensuring former President’s could be made senators-for-life.
It would see ex-presidents in Russia granted lifetime immunity from prosecution under criminal law.// Mr Putin’s proposed bill expands on existing law which grants sitting President’s immunity from criminal or administrative liability.
The bill would allow lawmakers to rescind immunity for former Presidents with a two-thirds majority from Russia’s twin-legislative chambers, and requires approval from both before it is ascended to law.
Despite the new legislation, Mr Putin’s staffers have played down reports the President is planning to step down from his role.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying: “It’s absolute nonsense.
“Everything is fine with the president.”
Asked if Putin was planning to step down in the near future as Solovei had suggested, Peskov said: “No”.
He added: “This is the practice that is being applied in many countries of the world, and it is quite justified.
“This is not innovation from the point of view of international practice.”
Mr Putin has also routinely released pictures of him riding horses and exercising in order to maintain the image of health.
Previous reports have speculated Mr Putin suffers from Parkinson’s, with commentators noting the President’s “gunslinger gait”.
Mr Putin often walks with a reduced right arm swing, which scientists have noted can also be seen among other Russian officials such as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
But the British Medical Journal said in 2015 the phenomena could easily be mistaken for early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
They said: “We propose that this new gait pattern, which we term “gunslinger’s gait”, may result from a behavioural adaptation, possibly triggered by KGB or other forms of weaponry training where trainees are taught to keep their right hand close to the chest while walking, allowing them to quickly draw a gun when faced with a foe”.