Russian Kremlin dismisses speculation over President Vladimir Putin’s health, saying he was fit and well.
Speaking on Tuesday, the Kremlin dismissed rumors regarding President Vladimir Putin’s well-being, affirming that he was fit and well.
During a routine briefing with journalists, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov refuted claims that the president uses body doubles, calling that an “absurd hoax”, as quoted by Reuters.
Reporters inquired about Putin’s health due to an unverified report from a Russian Telegram channel, which had been circulated by certain Western media outlets, suggesting that the president had experienced a significant health incident on Sunday evening.
According to reports, President Vladimir Putin was found lying on his bedroom floor, alongside an overturned table with food and drinks, the reports said.
Media reports cited a Telegram channel ‘General SVR’ – the Russian leader’s security officers found him lying on his bedroom floor at around 9 pm.
“Probably, when the president fell, he hit the table and dishes and knocked them onto the floor, which caused the noise. Putin convulsively arched while lying on the floor, rolling his eyes. The doctors who were on duty at the residence and located in one of the adjacent rooms were immediately called,” the channel’s statement read.
Since 2022, various reports have suggested that Putin (71) may be battling serious ailments, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
These rumors have been fueled by observations of Putin appearing unsteady and bloated in public appearances.
In September, a post on a Russian Telegram channel by ‘Z-blogger’ Pozdnyakov had reignited chatter about Putin’s health.
The post, accompanied by a picture of Putin, reads: “God, don’t you leave us. Pray to God you are alive and healthy.”
During a 2020 interview, Putin addressed persistent speculations about the use of body doubles, refuting them while acknowledging that he had been offered the option of using one in the past for security purposes.
In April of this year, Peskov emphatically dismissed the notion of body doubles as “yet another falsehood” and affirmed that Putin enjoys excellent health.
The Kremlin has consistently denied such rumours.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov dismissed the cancer rumors as “fiction and falsehood” in April.
Similarly, CIA Director William J Burns stated in July that, as far as the agency could tell, Putin was “entirely too healthy.”