A sensational report is claiming Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is planning to leave the office after pressure from family and concerns over his health condition — a claim Kremlin has denounced.
Speculations swirling in Russia believe Putin, who has been incumbent to the nation’s most-powerful office could finally step down because of him having to deal with Parkinson’s disease, British tabloid media The Sun reported.
This comes after weeks ago Putin ran legislation through the parliament which allows him life-long state-perks even after he resigns, which sparked rumors of his possible plans to resign.
Kremlin fans said recent tell-tale footage of the 68-years-old Russian President’s body language shows he deals with the central-nervous-system disease.
Moreover, claims were also made by a Moscow-based political scientist that Putin has now come under the pressure of his 37-years-old girlfriend Alina Kabaeva, and two daughters to stop clinging to power.
“There is a family, it has a great influence on him. He intends to make public his handover plans in January,” Professor Valery Solovei told The Sun, further adding to the speculation.
The recent footage which was analyzed showed Putin showing signs typical to Parkinson’s disease with distress in feet, and unusually stiff right hand, among other, the report said.
In the footage, Putin’s leg appeared to be in constant motion and his arms were gripping the chair arm-rest and were showing signs of being in pain.
His fingers were reportedly appearing to twitch as he gripped a cup believed to contain medicine to ease his pain. Researchers say certain movement in the body can tip to a potential Parkinson’s case.
Putin’s office has time and again dismissed claims that the President is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, calling them ‘nonsense.’
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that the President was in absolutely good health and debunked the media reports picked up by the British mass-market tabloid The Sun.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the body’s central nervous system which degraded over time and cause immense distress, tremors and pain.
During the early stages of the disease, signs could be negligible to a tremor in one hand, which gradually could involve other more-impairing symptoms like changes in speech, loss of motion in other parts of the body, uncontrolled movement among others.
Is the disease curable? — well, it is not ‘curable’ but it is certainly possible to live a much-improved life with modern medications and in some cases surgery of certain parts of the brain, Mayoclinic says.