Vladimir Putin’s health has again been questioned as new footage emerged today of the Russian President appearing unable to use his right arm.
The clip captured the moment when 69-year-old Putin was given a tour of a military museum as part of a weekend of celebrations to mark Russia’s Navy Day, which is celebrated on the last Sunday of July.
The Kremlin chief is talking to Ksenia, daughter of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, when mosquitoes start buzzing around the right side of his face.
Putin raises his left arm to slap them away while his right arm hangs limp at his side.
He itches and continues to thrash an arm around his head before walking alongside Ksenia with a slight limp as she continues her tour.
The clip is the latest in a string of videos that appear to show the Russian president limping and struggling with strange tics, including odd foot and leg dislocations and uncoordinated movements.
The Kremlin chief (centre) is talking to Ksenia, daughter of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) as mosquitoes start buzzing around the right side of his face
He itches and continues to thrash an arm around his head before walking alongside Ksenia with a slight limp as she continues her tour
Ksenia Shoigu, 31, daughter of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left), leads her father and Putin past a Russian military monument
Ksenia Shoigu, 31, is the daughter of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
In recent months there has been widespread speculation about the apparent decline in Putin’s health, with various sources suggesting that the despot is battling a range of ailments including cancer and Parkinson’s.
The General SVR Telegram channel, which claims to be run by a former Russian foreign intelligence officer, has long reported on Putin’s alleged health condition and recently suggested that he is sometimes replaced by a body double for public appearances at times of particularly poor health .
The channel suggested that Putin was plagued by “severe nausea” on Friday and Saturday last week, with doctors stationed by his bedside for more than three hours.
The body double theory has been echoed by the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, who speculated that a double may have been used for his arrival on a recent trip to Tehran.
It was only the second time Putin had been abroad since he launched his brutal invasion of Ukraine more than five months ago.
The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, said of the moment Putin arrived in Tehran: “Please look at the moment when Putin got off the plane.
“Is it even Putin?”
However, CIA director William Burns recently said that Putin was “too healthy” and that there was no information that he was ill.
“There are many rumors about President Putin’s health, and as far as we can tell, he’s totally too healthy,” Mr. Burns said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado earlier this month.
Britain’s MI6 director Richard Moore later added: “There is no evidence that Putin is suffering from a serious illness.”
William Burns told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that he feared Putin was “completely too sane.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin disembarks from his presidential plane during the welcoming ceremony in Tehran earlier this month
Meanwhile, Russian political scientist Valery Solovey has long claimed that the Kremlin boss has serious health problems.
“The Americans, especially the CIA, have information about the real state of health of the Russian president,” he said.
“You definitely know that he has serious problems, including mental ones.”
Solovey, a former professor at the prestigious Moscow Institute of International Relations [MGIMO] who claims to have insider knowledge of Putin’s condition, suggested that Mr Burns’ claim that Putin was “too sane” was made because the US is involved behind the scenes in negotiations with Russia over the war in Ukraine.
The Kremlin insists that Putin is in good health and has dismissed as mere fabrication any suggestion that the president’s health is deteriorating.