Russian President Vladimir Putin had to control his wandering leg during his interview with Tucker Carlson, amid rumors that his health is worsening.
In the two-hour interview with the former Fox News host published Thursday, Putin had to use his hand to calm his leg and keep it from moving.
The Russian president, 71, also coughed and cleared his throat several times while making explosive claims such as that Russia has “supersonic missiles” superior to any other nation and that Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich is a “spy.” “.
Some critics questioned Putin’s health ahead of the interview when the leader was photographed grimacing during a meeting with Belarusian President Lukashenko on January 28, saying he appeared confused.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied rumors that Putin has serious health problems such as having suffered a cardiac arrest in the fall or that he suffers from cancer and uses body doubles.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had to use his hand to calm his shaking leg and stop it from moving.
The Russian president, 71, also coughed and cleared his throat several times while making explosive claims during the talk.
In October, the General SVR Telegram channel, which regularly claims that Putin is terminally ill with cancer, alleged that he suffered a “cardiac arrest.”
The channel said all of the Russian dictator’s recent appearances, including foreign visits, have been one-two punches.
He claimed that doctors resuscitated Putin and took him to a special intensive care center at his official residence.
“Doctors performed resuscitation, having previously determined that the president was in cardiac arrest,” the channel reported. “Help was provided on time, the heart started working and Putin regained consciousness.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Everything is fine with him, this is absolutely another false (rumour).”
‘This (type of story) belongs to the category of fake news, discussed with enviable tenacity by various media outlets. This causes nothing but a smile (in the Kremlin).’
Some critics questioned Putin’s health ahead of the interview when the leader was photographed grimacing during a meeting with Belarusian President Lukashenko on January 28.
In October, the General SVR Telegram channel, which regularly claims that Putin is terminally ill with cancer, alleged that he had suffered a “cardiac arrest.”
When Putin made a surprise visit to the southern Russian city of Derbent just days after the failed Wagner rebellion in June, his interactions led some to believe he was using a body double.
In 2022, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, leaked spy documents claimed that Putin had early-stage Parkinson’s disease and pancreatic cancer.
The leaked documents allegedly said: “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 regularly receives all kinds of heavy steroids and innovative painkiller injections to stop the spread of the pancreatic cancer he was recently diagnosed with.
“Not only does it cause a lot of pain, but Putin has a state of swelling on his face and other side effects, including memory loss.”
Despite questions about the 71-year-old’s health, many people on X, formerly known as Twitter, thought the Russian president appeared to be in good health during his interview with Carlson.
A user named Calvin said: ‘Didn’t they say Putin had cancer and was in very bad health? He seems pretty good to me.’
Putin seems healthy to me. What’s with all this talk about his health?’ said user Rick Teed.