Frail-looking Vladimir Putin fueled rumors of failing health last night when he was spotted biting his lip, fidgeting distractedly and appearing unsteady at a church service.
The tyrant – dogged by claims he has Parkinson’s or terminal cancer – grumbled while clutching a candle near the altar at a midnight mass Orthodox Easter.
It came days after the disheveled Putin, 69, was spotted grab a table and tap your foot in a video that Kremlin observers claimed showed a drastic deterioration in his physical condition.
Last night he looked less bloated than in recent weeks as he stood unaided alongside the city’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
Brief television footage showed little overt evidence of the telltale tremors often associated with Parkinson’s.
But viewers saw the aging autocrat shift uncomfortably, sticking out his tongue and chewing his lips.
He also looked up and down during a mass led by pal Patriarch Kirill, who has backed his invasion of Ukraine.
At one point, the President was seen slowly crossing himself, apparently intent on controlling the movement.
He said nothing but join the congregation with the reply, “Verily he is risen,” reports Reuters.
Observers said the isolated bully was “weak and barely able to keep himself upright” in his chair.
It was one of his most shocking performances yet, without his usual strongman bravery.
Putin looked disheveled, in pain and distracted as he told Shoigu to blockade the Azovstal steel mill, where More than 1,000 Ukrainian defenders and civilians are entrenched“so that no flies come in”.
Experts told The Sun Online the footage was “not the portrait of a sane Putin”.
Putin can be seen in the video appearing with a bloated face while crouching low in his chair.
His foot seems to be constantly tapping and his hand grabs the edge of the table.
The insane bully is stuck at the table for the entire 12-minute meeting.
His fingers are propped up under the table while his thumb sits twitching on the tabletop, and he spends most of the exchange tapping both feet.
Vlad’s health has long been the source of rumors and speculation – but it has been reported that Western intelligence agencies believe Putin is not a healthy man.
Kremlin officials have always denied anything is wrong with their leader, who turns 70 in October.
Professor Erik Bucy, a body language expert at Texas Tech University, told The Sun Online: “It’s an amazingly weakened Putin compared to the man we were watching just a few years ago.
“An able-bodied president wouldn’t need to support himself with an outstretched hand and wouldn’t bother with keeping both feet on the ground.”
He set the example when Richard Nixon came out against JFK during the 1960 presidential debate.
The Republican looked weak and had to brace himself while recovering from a knee injury and exhaustion.
“This is not a portrait of a healthy Putin, but one who appears progressively weaker and barely able to sustain himself at a small conference table,” Bucy added.
“Putin’s legs also look pretty thin, as if he might be suffering from weight or muscle loss due to an unannounced illness.
“Bullying on his face reinforces an unhealthy look, especially when compared to photos and videos from the Russian premiere a few years ago.”
He added that Putin also seems to avoid Shoigu’s gaze – he appears to be a man who is evasive, fearful, lacking in confidence and uncomfortable.
Professor Patrick Stewart of the University of Arkansas also noted that Putin appeared very stressed and exhibited almost a “flight” reaction.
He also focused on his tapping feet, implying that this was a “leak” as Putin tried to keep himself under control – although his leg movements may have seemed involuntary.
“The hands that are held up under the table are in an almost begging position while holding the table is different than what I’ve seen before — holding onto the podium is certainly something we’ve seen from Putin, when we think about a stressful issue in the foreground of the free press,” said Prof Stewart.
Some expert observers on social media have also focused on Putin’s odd behavior in what is perhaps the most revealing appearance of his health to date.
Louise Mensch, a former Tory MP who previously reported on Putin’s possible health problems, wrote: “Putin has Parkinson’s disease and here he is seen clutching the table so his shaking hand is not visible but he can not keep his foot from tapping. ”
It’s not the first time questions have been raised about the Russian despot’s health.
Experts have pointed out that Putin has appeared “bloated” and “weakened” in recent public appearances even consulted a doctor specializing in thyroid cancer.
The report by investigative Proekt media – which is blocked in Russia – says surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov from Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital had flown no fewer than 35 times to the Russian leader in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The distinguished doctor’s expertise is thyroid cancer.
The discovery supports recent theories that Putin declared war when he was suffering from medical problems hidden from the Russian people.
Back in November 2020, political analyst Valery Solovei revealed this Cancer and Parkinson’s Theory claimed that Putin also had to undergo emergency surgery.
At the time, he said of Putin’s health problems: “One is psycho-neurological in nature, the other is cancer problem.
“If anyone is interested in the exact diagnosis, I am not a doctor and I have no ethical right to disclose these issues.
“The second diagnosis is much, much more dangerous than the first diagnosis because Parkinson’s does not threaten the physical condition, it only limits public appearances.
“But there is a fatal diagnosis.
“On the basis of this information, one will be able to draw conclusions about one’s life horizon that would not even require specialist training.”
He added that the Russian President had undergone surgery, which another source claimed was for abdominal cancer.
Video footage showed Putin’s leg moving constantly and his fingers twitching, supporting the Parkinson’s theory.
Putin too suffered a coughing fit during a TV meeting, but claims about his health were denied by the Kremlin.
The report also identifies medical professionals who regularly accompany Putin on trips, particularly to Sochi, which he prefers to Moscow.
In addition to Selivanov, the Russian head of state is also being pursued by a neurosurgeon.
Another surgeon, Dr. Alexey Shcheglov, “follows Putin so relentlessly that he allegedly ends up in joint photos with the head of state at public events”.
He is regarded as “the doctor who, among other things, can identify problems with the thyroid gland first, including oncological ones,” it says.
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