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Putin looks unsteady on his feet with his legs shaking as he appears at awards ceremony

Vladimir Putin’s legs have collapsed during a speech in Moscow, adding to growing rumors of the Russian leader’s health problems.

The president was attending an awards ceremony in the Kremlin on Sunday when he appeared unsteady to his feet.

The 69-year-old waved back and forth before his speech when Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov received an award.

Vladimir Putin's legs collapse during a speech in Moscow, adding to growing rumors of Russian leader's health problems

Vladimir Putin’s legs collapse during a speech in Moscow, adding to growing rumors of Russian leader’s health problems

Then Putin stood behind the podium as he seemed to tremble before both legs gave way and he gripped the stands for support.

He managed to continue his speech and maintain his balance after the slight wobbling.

Putin has been plagued by health rumors in recent years amid claims he suffers from cancer or Parkinson’s, and it’s not the first time he’s appeared unstable.

He has previously been seen in footage with a violently trembling hand and also gripping the side of his chair for stability.

Weeks ago, an officer with Russia’s Federal Security Service claimed that Putin “has no more than two to three years to stay alive.”

The president spoke at an awards ceremony in the Kremlin on Sunday as he stood on a podium

The president spoke at an awards ceremony in the Kremlin on Sunday as he stood on a podium

The 69-year-old waved for his speech as Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov accepted an award

The 69-year-old waved for his speech as Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov accepted an award

Then Putin stood behind the podium as he seemed to tremble before both legs gave way and he grabbed the kickstand for support

Then Putin stood behind the podium as he seemed to tremble before both legs gave way and he grabbed the kickstand for support

An FSB officer described the Russian president’s condition as a “serious form of rapidly progressing cancer” as speculation mounted that Putin suffered from some form of serious illness during the invasion of Ukraine.

According to Telegram broadcaster General SVR, Putin reportedly had “successful” cancer surgery and is recovering after doctors advised that treatment was “essential.”

British intelligence sources have also quoted several media reports telling outlets that Putin’s health was deteriorating.

But Kiev military spy chief Kyrylo Budanov previously said he fears the Russian leader has “a few more years” in him.

His comments suggested Ukrainians believe Putin is suffering from cancer, but it’s unclear how serious the condition could be and how much it could hinder Putin’s ability to direct Russia’s military strategy and exert influence over the country.

The major general also claimed that Putin was the target of an assassination attempt shortly after launching his invasion.

He said the failed bid was from representatives of the Caucasus, but did not release further details.

The report echoed other claims that top Russian officials would be plotting for a government without Putin, while Kremlin sources say insiders are already looking for ways to replace the Russian president.

The news channel Meduza quoted sources as claiming that senior officials of the Russian security services FSB and GRU — also known as “hawks” — believe Putin botched the invasion and want to take control of the operation.

One method of “moving the matter forward” without the need for a violent coup would be to put him in a long-term hospital for terminally ill health, suggested former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove.

There are rumors in Moscow that Putin recently underwent surgery to treat his illness.

Rumors have been circulating for years that Putin (pictured gripping table at a meeting) has health problems, and they've gotten worse since he launched the invasion of Ukraine

Rumors have been circulating for years that Putin (pictured gripping table at a meeting) has health problems, and they’ve gotten worse since he launched the invasion of Ukraine

But in an interview with French TV, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said no one “healthy” could see any signs of illness in Putin, who reportedly has his food tested before eating it and forbids his staff to get too close to him. come.

“You can watch him on screens, read and listen to his speeches,” Lavrov said in comments from Russia’s foreign ministry.

“I leave it to the conscience of those who spread such rumours.”

It comes after a new report revealed that his bodyguards collected his feces while traveling abroad to prevent people from collecting information about his health.

Members of the Federal Protection Service are “responsible for collecting his bodily waste” in special packages that are kept in a special suitcase until they return to Russia.

According to two investigative journalists from the French news magazine Paris Match, collecting Putin’s excrement is part of the job of the Federal Protection Service, as it is their job to protect high-ranking state officials at all costs.

Reporters Regis Gente, who has written two books on Russia, and Mikhail Rubin, who has covered Russian current affairs for more than a decade, say two examples of Putin’s excrement were the president’s visit to France on May 29, 2017 and to Saudi Arabia in October 2019.

In both cases, it is alleged that Putin brought his own toilet during the trips, or that he was escorted to the bathroom by several guards. Another theory is that he uses a porta-potty everywhere.

Another example could be in December 2019, when Putin was seen going to the toilet with six bodyguards during a Ukraine summit in Paris.

The Russian leader, 67 at the time, was filmed leaving the bathroom after five bodyguards ensured his area was safe. Another bodyguard followed him as he exited the toilet in the Elysée Palace in Paris.

Farida Rustamova, an ex-BBC journalist, also confirmed the report by explaining on Twitter that a source of hers, who is reportedly a longtime acquaintance of Putin, said he has been using his own toilet at home since the start of this rule. trips abroad.

She revealed that she was aware of an incident at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum when actress Julia Louis Dreyfus was told by museum staff that President Putin had arrived with his own private bathroom and a “porta-potty.”

A report shows that members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's Federal Protection Service are

A report shows that members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Federal Protection Service are “responsible for collecting his bodily waste” in special bags that are kept in a special suitcase until they return to Russia. Pictured is a statue of Putin in the toilet outside the Russian embassy in Prague in 2021

Obviously, collecting feces is one way to prevent people from collecting information about his health.  Pictured in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, when actress Julia Louis Dreyfus was told by museum staff that President Putin (right, with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz left) had arrived with his own private bathroom

Obviously, collecting feces is one way to prevent people from collecting information about his health. Pictured at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, when actress Julia Louis Dreyfus was told by museum staff that President Putin (right, with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz left) had arrived with his own private bathroom

An example of this could be in December 2019, when Putin was seen going to the bathroom with six bodyguards during a Ukraine summit in Paris (pictured)

An example of this could be in December 2019, when Putin was seen going to the bathroom with six bodyguards during a Ukraine summit in Paris (pictured)

Intelligence gathering through fecal collection is not a new venture of a global leader. In 2016, an ex-Soviet agent said he had found evidence that the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, had investigated the founder of the People’s Republic of China Mao Zedong by analyzing his waste material.

Igor Atamanenko told a Russian newspaper that in the 1940s, Stalin’s secret police had set up a top-secret laboratory to study people’s excrement.

During Mao’s 10-day visit to Russia in the winter of 1949, special toilets were set up to collect and study the Chinese leader’s waste products. Rather than being connected to sewers, those toilets led to special boxes where Mao’s clots were carried away for analysis.

“In those days, the Soviets didn’t have the kind of listening devices that secret services have today,” he told the newspaper. BBC

“That’s why our specialists came up with the most extravagant ways to extract information about a person.”

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