The Kremlin on Friday insisted that Russian President Vladimir Putin is in good well being and has no plans to resign – a uncommon on-record remark in regards to the guarded chief’s non-public life compelled by a speculative report in a British tabloid suggesting he “has attainable signs of Parkinson’s illness.”
“No,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned Thursday morning when requested whether or not Putin has plans to resign. “He’s in glorious well being.”
A report from The Sun on Thursday urged the 68-year-old autocrat plans to step down primarily based on a declare that Putin’s reported mistress implored him to resign amid well being points. The report additionally cited an evaluation of video footage that The Solar claimed portrays Putin involuntarily trembling and exhibiting indicators of ache, together with experiences of prior medical issues.
Life in Putin’s Russia
“That is pure nonsense. The president is properly,” Peskov mentioned.
It was unclear why the Kremlin felt obligated to deal with the report and reference it by its closely managed state media service, although Putin has been notoriously image-conscious all through his tenure and has lengthy sought to challenge shows of his vitality.
American and European officers and analysts imagine the transfer was not less than partially because of Putin’s lack of ability to discover a successor who would defend him from authorized persecution if and when he follows the Russian custom of elder statesmen leaving public life to retire into relative obscurity.
Putin has already constructed a billion-dollar palace complicated for himself, mockingly referred to as “Dacha Putin” or “Putin’s nation cottage” as a dry reference to the types of Black Sea-adjacent retirements his predecessors loved.