Putin health alert as footage shows him uncontrollably shaking and struggling to stand
Speculation about Vladimir Putin’s health has grown after the Russian leader was pictured visibly shaking during an award ceremony today. Putin was stood next to one of the recipients of the state prize of the Russian Federation when the footage was taken. Talk around the Russian president's health has been rife ever since Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine in February of this year. During the ceremony Putin appeared shaky on his legs as he listened to Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov accept a prize rewarding his work in the arts. The footage shows Putin standing just off the podium, his arms straight by his side while struggling to stand still, evidently swaying back and forth in an undulating motion. He can also be seen shaking his legs in what appear to be side-to-side movements. Experts watching Putin's behaviour over the last few months had noticed the Russian leader bizarrely twisting his feet while sitting down.
During a meeting with his Tajikistan counterpart in May, Putin's left foot was spotted repeatedly twitching as his knee appeared to collapse inward. He appeared to catch the moment and settled his foot firmly on the ground but the change of posture did not seem to help the lower limb stop twitching. In March, the Kremlin was forced to insist publicly that Putin’s mental state was “normal” amid persistent rumours that he could be seriously ill or even dying. While a director who spent two years with Vladimir Putin claims the President has previously suffered from cancer. In addition to claims of Putin suffering from cancer, other analysts have suggested the Russian leader could be suffering from Parkinson's disease. The brain disorder affects motor skills and could potentially explain Putin's struggle to keep his legs from shaking. Despite his potential ailment, Vladimir Putin has continued to wage war against Ukraine and this week ramped up his hostile rhetoric.
In a rare public press conference, he compared his actions in Ukraine with the war Peter the Great conducted to expand and strengthen the Russian Empire. Addressing the reporters in attendance, Putin said: "Peter the Great waged the great northern war for 21 years. "He did not take anything from them, he returned what was Russia ’s. He added: "Apparently, it is also our lot to return what is Russia’s and strengthen the country. "And if we proceed from the fact that these basic values form the basis of our existence, we will certainly succeed in solving the tasks that we face. President Putin said earlier this month that Moscow would strike new targets if the West supplied longer-range missiles to Ukraine for use in high-precision mobile rocket systems.
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