The Kremlin has denied claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have Parkinson’s and is ready to quit early next year.
Professor Valery Solovei, a Russian political expert, suggested on a Moscow radio station earlier this week that Putin was under pressure from his entourage to resign for fear for his health.
According to him, Putin’s gymnast lover Alina Kabaeva and his daughters Maria Vorontsova (35) and Katerina Tikhonova (34) pushed him to resign.
The strong Russian came to power in Russia in 2000 and has an iron grip on the country.
A video of the 68-year-old’s legs shaking while holding tight to a chair had raised suspicions about his health.
In the final clip, a pen appears to twitch in his hand while a cup was filled with pain medication, analysts said The sun.
“There is a family that has a huge influence on him. He intends to publish his handover plans in January,” said Prof. Solovei, adding that a new president is being “nursed”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the media report based on Solovei’s claims was false.
“It’s utter nonsense,” said Peskov. “Everything is fine with the president.”
When asked if Putin wanted to resign in the near future, as Solovei had suggested, Peskov said “no”.