Vladimir Putin has once again been photographed clutching a chair and shuffling amid ongoing speculation about the Russian president’s health.
Footage from Putin’s meeting with Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba’s president and leader of the country’s communist party, on Tuesday showed the Russian despot sitting awkwardly in his chair as the pair spoke on camera.
Although his rare public appearances were carefully staged by Kremlin propagandists, signs that Putin, 70, is suffering from health problems have been visible on numerous occasions this year, fueling speculation and rumours.
Pictured: Vladimir Putin is seen during a meeting with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel (left), during which he gripped his chair with his left hand and shuffled his feet.
Putin’s left hand is seen wrapped tightly around the arm of the white chair he is sitting on, as if trying to steady himself. Meanwhile, Putin’s right hand seems to be fiddling with something, tapping his feet and dragging them across the flowery carpet.
In the latest example, a puffy-faced Putin is seen smiling warily as he speaks to Díaz-Canel in front of a marble fireplace in Moscow.
His left hand is wrapped tightly around the arm of the white chair he’s sitting on, as if trying to steady himself. Putin’s right hand seems to be fiddling with something, tapping his feet and dragging them across the flowery carpet.
On Wednesday Putin was pictured in another meeting, this time with Dmitry Mazepin, chairman of the board of Uralchem Group, a Russian manufacturer. The couple sat across from each other at a large wooden desk, which Putin has often used for meetings.
As in his meeting with the Cuban president, the Russian president appears in the photographs holding tightly to the edge of his desk, this time with his right hand.
Even before Vladimir Putin ordered his military forces to invade Ukraine on February 24, rumors were circulating about his state of health.
But with the added scrutiny Putin has faced since the start of the war, there have been more signs that Putin is struggling with health problems.
Pictured: Vladimir Putin (right) taps his feet as he meets with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel at the Kremlin in Russia on Tuesday.
On Wednesday Putin was pictured in another meeting, this time with Dmitry Mazepin, chairman of the board of Uralchem Group, a Russian manufacturer. The pair sat across from each other at a large wooden desk, which Putin was seen grabbing (left)
In July, the Russian president was photographed clumsily brushing mosquitoes from his face. That same month, he was seen limping from his presidential plane during the welcoming ceremony in Tehran.
Similarly, at a large Victory Day parade in Moscow in May, the 70-year-old appeared to walk with a limp and had a blanket across his lap, while in April he was seen clutching a large desk during a televised meeting with his defense. Minister.
Since then, several of Putin’s televised meetings with other Kremlin officials, all from the same desk, have often shown him grabbing the table.
Most recently, on November 4, Putin was seen on footage awkwardly placing flowers to mark a national holiday in Moscow’s Red Square.
He appeared to show signs of a limp as he approached the monument, and looked uncomfortable as he crouched down to place the bouquet to mark Unity Day, a national holiday marking the expulsion of invading forces from Russia in the early 17th century.
Meanwhile, claims have been circulating among opposition figures, fueled by his unexplained absences and unstable public appearances, that he is battling serious health problems, but these have always been denied by the Kremlin.
APRIL 21: Putin is seen clutching his desk with his right hand as he meets Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in the early stages of the war. The footage of the meeting raised questions about Putin’s health, which have only intensified since.
MAY 9 – The 70-year-old man appeared to walk with a limp and had a blanket on his lap as he attended the 2022 Russia Victory Day parade in Moscow
NOVEMBER 4: Putin appeared to show signs of a limp as he approached a monument, and looked uncomfortable as he bent to place the bouquet.
Earlier this month, emails from a Russian intelligence source surfaced to confirm that he had been diagnosed with cancer and Parkinson’s, according to The Sun.
The leaked documents allegedly stated: ‘I can confirm that you have been diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, but it is already progressing. This fact will be denied in every possible way and hidden.
“Putin is regularly given all kinds of heavy steroids and innovative painkiller injections to stop the spread of his recently diagnosed pancreatic cancer.
‘Not only does it cause a lot of pain, Putin has a state of swelling in his face and other side effects, including memory lapses.
“In his close circle, there are rumors that in addition to pancreatic cancer, which is gradually spreading, Putin also has prostate cancer.”
The tyrant was recently seen with apparent traces of IV treatment on the back of his hand, adding fuel to the fire.
The General SVR Telegram channel has long been pushing claims that Putin suffers from cancer and Parkinson’s.
In late October, he reported that Putin’s relatives are concerned about coughing fits, constant nausea and lack of appetite, after he allegedly underwent a medical examination.
His circle is concerned that his “thinness and persistent cough” is showing and that elites in Russia see it as a “sign of the leader’s rapidly deteriorating health.”
Despite looking considerably swollen and puffy in the face, the Russian president has lost 18 pounds in recent months, the channel said, purporting to have sources inside the Kremlin.
At Putin’s meeting with his Cuban counterpart in Moscow on Tuesday, the couple unveiled a monument to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and hailed the “traditional friendship” between their sanctions-hit nations.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurate a monument to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Moscow on November 22.
Pictured: Putin applauds as he and Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez unveil a monument to the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Moscow on November 22.
A video posted on the Kremlin’s website showed Putin and Cuban head of state Miguel Díaz-Canel y Bermúdez delivering speeches as Russian military guards flanked a bronze statue of Castro.
The late Castro embraced Soviet-style communism after taking a leading role in a 1959 revolution that ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista from power.
He then defied a crippling US embargo and dozens of assassination plots during his half-century of rule on the island, before dying in 2016 at the age of 90.
In a speech, Putin underscored Castro’s history of defiance, praising him for “selflessly defending the sovereignty of (his) native country” and drawing parallels with Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its military campaign in Ukraine.
‘The Soviet Union and Russia have always supported, and continue to this day, the Cuban people in their struggle for independence, sovereignty. We have always opposed all kinds of restrictions, embargoes, blockades, etc.
“We have always supported Cuba on the international stage and we see Cuba taking the same position towards Russia,” Putin said.
Trade between Cuba and Russia was about 500 million dollars in 2019, according to what the then Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Yuri Borisov, indicated during a visit to the island that year.
Cuban state media reported that Díaz-Canel’s agenda will focus on the energy sector, which is very sensitive for the island that is struggling with food, medicine and fuel shortages.
Hours-long blackouts have occurred daily in Cuba’s largest cities, sparking protests.
The Cuban government acknowledged the problem and accused US sanctions, which were tightened under former President Donald Trump, of causing poverty and indirectly fueling protests.
Havana’s main regional political ally, Venezuela, has sold the island the oil Cuba needed for the past two decades. Cuba only produces half the oil it needs for its economy.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, the Soviet Union offered Cuba many vital imports: fertilizers, industrial equipment, spare parts and, above all, oil in exchange for sugar.
When the old alliance collapsed in the 1990s, Cuba owed Russia some $35 billion in debt, 90 percent of which was forgiven by the Putin administration in 2014. The balance was refinanced.