Vladimir Putin may step down as Russian president in January amid ‘fears he has Parkinson’s disease’, reports claimed on 6 November. Putin’s 37-year-old girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and his two daughters are urging him to quit his post, a report in The Sun quoted Moscow political scientist Valery Solovei as saying.
The Sun quoted Solovei saying: “There is a family, it has a great influence on him. He intends to make public his handover plans in January”.
As per the report, Putin appeared to be in pain while constantly clutching the armrest of his chair and his legs appeared to be in constant motion, according to an observer who reviewed recent footage.
The speculation of Putin being ill and planning to step down as Russian president comes amid Moscow lawmakers considering legislation proposed that would grant ex-presidents lifetime immunity from criminal prosecution.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin rejected all media reports suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have Parkinson’s disease and he may quit in early 2021.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov termed the news report based on Solovei’s saying as false and baseless.
“It’s absolute nonsense,” said Peskov. “Everything is fine with the president,” Peskov was quoted by Reuters as saying.
Putin has served as the Russias president for over 20 years.
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 pushing through legislation granting him additional powers and immunity if he were to resign as leader of Russia.
Officials, who watched recent footage of Putin, pointed out the President’s legs looked to be in constant motion. They noted that the Russian president looked to be in pain while clutching the armrest of a chair.
Putin’s fingers are seen to be twitching as he held a pen, with the overseers claiming he gripped a cup believed to contain a cocktail of painkillers.
Analysts informed of the President‘s health claimed Alina Kabaeva.