Although hours have passed since its publication, we continue to talk about the video with which Moscow announced the (unconfirmed) taking of Mariupol. The Russian president can be seen in the video in question Vladimir Putin in conversation with the Minister of Defense, Serghei Shoigu. Moscow’s intention was probably to intimidate Ukraine and the West, but some observers saw this as a not very reassuring signal for Moscow.
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Among them is the US political scientist Ian Bremmer. On his Twitter profile of him, he commented on those images like this: “I dictators they can be brutal, they can be capricious, but they can’t be weak. Serious problems for Putin ”
In the video the president appears unnatural. It never changes position, the facial expression almost always remains the same, as well as the tone of the voice. Most importantly though, she grabs with the hands the small table between him and his interlocutor as if he were to stand up or, others noted, push him away from himself. The right thumb moved at times, as if in a rash, a restlessness that made one think of trying to hide the tremor of Parkinson’s. The right foot was also continuously in motion
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The so subdued figure of Putin, who has always tried to prove himself healthy and with a strong physiquehas given rise to further rumors as to whether it is ill and that his condition, or any medications, may be at the origin of some of his apparently inexplicable behaviors
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Various hypotheses have been made: there are those who have spoken of the possibility that Putin has a cancer while according to others it would be affected by Parkinson’s disease or from one mental disease. Still others think he has a less serious problem, such as back pain, but is probably being treated with massive doses of steroids
In some cases, these theories appear to be linked to confidential information. There are, however, those who have advanced suspicions also on the basis of their knowledge of the leader and those who have begun to have doubts after knowing that the president has behaved too cautiously during the pandemic and he has increased his physical distance with his interlocutors more and more
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He also dealt with Putin’s state of health Proekt, aindependent Russian media specializing in investigative journalism, according to which the president has repeatedly renounced even official commitments for no apparent reason and is “now accompanied by a large team of doctors, including a thyroid cancer surgeon”
The rumors about the possibility that Putin is sick are chasing each other with increasing insistence since the war in Ukraine but they have always been denied by the Kremlin that Putin has no serious problem
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According to some observers, it is possible that this is the case and that Putin is faking the opposite as part of a strategy known as “madman theory”, the theory of the madman or the madman. “It would not be the first time in international relations that someone tries to appear intentionally irrational, in order to force the adversary to be cautious,” noted Michael Horowitz, a security analyst at the Beck Institute some time ago.
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