Despite constant rumours that Vladimir Putin is seriously ill, suffering from either Parkinson’s Disease or cancer or both, a medical expert says there is "no convincing evidence" that the Russian leader is seriously ill.
In fact, says Professor Michael Clarke, war studies fellow at King's College London, the only medical treatment Putin is undergoing is a regular dose of Botox.
Professor Clarke said Putin has been "known to hit the Botox quite heavily" and while his doctors are "never far away” that is more likely to be because he’s a hypochondriac.
He told Sky News that "these stories [of Putin’s illness] will circulate but there's no convincing evidence”.
"When you see him in these clips,” Professor Clarke added, “he looks alright. You can't detect Parkinson's from the way someone walks or detect cancer just by looking at photographs”.
The General SVR Telegram channel, which reportedly run by a Kremlin insider, claimed that Putin had been struck down by a "sharp sickness, weakness and dizziness" last week.
The rumours emerging from the Kremlin could be a convenient way for Russia to save face, the professor believes. He says an announcement that Putin was seriously unwell would be "one way out for Russia, to say that the President has stepped down."
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He went on to say that even if Putin were to step down, he would most likely be replaced by Nikolai Patrushev, "who is every bit as nasty as he, but is a change of face so the west might be able to do something about it.”
Putin’s spokesperson has denied reports that the Russian leader regularly undergoes Botox treatments, saying: "It’s probably just how the light fell,” adding that Putin was probably just “tired”.
Professor Clarke says that Putin, who will turn 70 in October, is "trying to embalm himself while he is still alive, as he does take a lot of Botox."
He continued: "He moves around with a team of doctors and his doctors are never far away. It is said he leaves meetings at frequent intervals.
"I suspect he is only a hypochondriac and [Botox] softens his look.”
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