In Moscow on Monday, May 16, Vladimir Putin met with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon to discuss security in the central Asian country. During the meeting, the Russian President was seen twisting his feet several times, with his knee falling inwards.
Is this a sign of Parkinson's disease?
It has already been claimed that the head of the Kremlin is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. According to Parkinson’s.org, 'restless legs syndrome is a common problem for people with Parkinson's, but it can also be a separate condition that is unrelated to Parkinson's.'
Putin is in 'very bad psychological and physical condition'
The strange movements have sparked more speculation about Putin’s health. It follows allegations on Sunday, May 15 from former British spy Christopher Steele that Russian sources informed him that Putin was fatally ill.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, May 17, foreign affairs specialist and former US Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, recalled the time she sat next to the head of state at a meeting between Russian and Washington officials. She told BBC’s Desert Island Discs programme:
I noticed he didn't eat anything and that [He] really could have done with glasses.
Now, this sounds really bizarre, but I could smell that he was freshly laundered. He wasn’t wearing cologne, but it was almost like he had stepped out of some special preparatory bath or something, into the moment.