(ConservativeInsider.org) – Vladimir Putin has served as the President of Russia for over 15 years, and the Kremlin insists he has no plans of stepping down anytime soon. However, reports from Putin’s family suggest he may leave office next year due to rising health concerns.
What’s Wrong With Putin?
Russian historian Valery Solovei told The Sun that Putin’s girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and his daughters, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova, are urging the President to step down in January 2021 due to an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
The documentation provided to back these claims includes footage where Putin moves his legs constantly and appears to be in pain while holding a chair’s armrest. In addition, one video shows his fingers twitching while holding a pen. These small movements are all possible symptoms of the disease.
The Kremlin Denies Any Weakness
Unsurprisingly, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the health issues, shown here by BBC:
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismisses British press reports saying President Putin plans to resign in January amid growing fears for his health.
"This is complete rubbish. The president is alright," (Interfax)
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) November 6, 2020
While the president’s health is still unconfirmed, researchers questioned Putin’s uneven gait and whether it was Parkinson’s or “Gunslinger’s gait,” a KGB training tactic to keep a gun secure when moving. Medical News Today dove into the issue here:
This article is from 2015. Pres Putin may indeed have Parkinson's Disease. https://t.co/7L4tXauSTp
— Melissa BakerLhermit (@melissabak3) November 6, 2020
The Story Behind the Story
These suspicions come after Russian lawmakers wrote a bill granting presidents lifelong immunity from criminal prosecution. In addition, Putin also supports a recent bill giving presidents a lifelong appointment to the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, after they leave office.
These two bills could provide Putin security and status for the rest of his life after he leaves the presidency. But, while Putin may be planning to leave office eventually, there is no strong evidence he will step down within the next few months.
The US Relationship With Russia
The next leader of the United States will likely have to continue dealing with President Putin. But, regardless of who is Russia’s leader, our next president must walk the fine line with the country, sifting through their disinformation, political meddling, and stifling of their citizens’ freedom to find reliable diplomatic relations.
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