Fresh rumours about Vladimir Putin’s health are emerging after the Russian leader was seen twitching in an unnatural manner as he met with Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
Putin, who looked puffy-faced and frail, appeared to be suffering spasms and tremors in his legs, a tell-tale symptom of Parkinson’s disease.
The two leaders were signing a document marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, but the atmosphere between them seemed more than a little frosty.
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Tokayev said while there was "every reason to be satisfied" with current relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, he added Putin needed to “look ahead”, thawing that “it is for this purpose that I have come here".
Throughout the meeting, Putin looked unwell and ill at ease.
Kremlin gossip that the leader has been suffering from either pancreatic cancer, Parkinson’s or both has been circulating for at least a year and a new leak from within the Russian security services suggests his health is rapidly declining.
Telegram channel General SVR, which has been the source of a number of the rumours from within the Russian Government, claims Putin's inner circle is worried his “thinness and persistent cough” is becoming noticeable and will be seen by the elites in Russia as a “sign of the leader's rapidly deteriorating health”.
He has lost 18lb in recent months, according to the channel.
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As well as being seen with what appeared to be uncontrollable twitches and gripping the edges of table tops in what looked to be an attempt to disguise a tremor in his hand. Putin has also been spotted with injection marks in his hands – suggesting he has been hooked up to an intravenous drip for some sort of hospital treatment.
Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, has gone on record as saying he expects Putin to be out of power within the year.
Speaking on the One Decision podcast, he said: “I’m really going to stick my neck out. I think he’ll be gone by 2023.
“Probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia.”
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