Speculation over Putin’s health, may vacate office in Jan

New Delhi: Russian president Vladimir Putin’s health condition is in the spotlight after reports emerged that he may be suffering from Parkinson’s. It is also being speculated that he may leave Russia’s presidency in January next year.

Sources said that his family wants him to leave the post so that he can focus on his health According to sources, Putin’s girlfriend Alina Kabeva and her two daughters have appealed for him to resign. Putin had expressed his intention to make his handover plan public in January itself.

Putin may be suffering from Parkinson’s disease as he had recently exhibited a few symptoms of the disease. British newspaper The Sun reported that President Putin was recently seen battling the issue of frequent tremors (trembling) of the feet, a symptom of the disease. Speculation about Putin’s illness has intensified after the recent photos.

Moscow political scientist Valeri Solovey told The Sun that the Russian president’s girlfriend and his two daughters were pushing for Putin to resign. He said, “Putin has a family which has a deep influence on the Russian President. Putin can hand over the power to someone else in January.”

Recently, Putin was seen constantly moving his leg in an abnormal fashion and, according to experts from The Sun, the Russian President was apparently suffering from pain.

Speculation about Putin’s resignation has intensified at a time when Russian lawmakers are considering introducing a bill under which he would be exempted from criminal action for life.

This new bill was introduced by Putin himself and, according to this, he will be exempt from legal action till Putin is alive and he will continue to get all the facilities from the state.

According to Russia’s official channel RT, the bill signals the transfer of power to Russia. This is not the first time that people have speculated that Putin has Parkinson’s disease. Solowei said a new PM would be installed soon and would be trained under Putin’s patronage.
(With agency input)