Media puzzled: What is this spot on Putin's forehead?

Jakob A. Overgaard

Oct.01 - 2023 11:26 AM CET

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Putin Emerges with Mysterious Forehead Spot

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Vladimir Putin has recently been spotted with a new mark on his face, causing a stir among the public and media alike. Being one of the most photographed individuals in the world, any alteration in his appearance does not go unnoticed.

On September 28, Putin was photographed without the spot while delivering a speech at the Kremlin, marking the centenary of Russian poet Rasul Gamzatov’s birth. The images from this event clearly show a spot-free forehead.

However, a photograph taken on September 29 hints at a marking on his forehead.

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This image was captured at 19:22 in Moscow during a conference about Russia and Latin America, and it was shared by the Russian state-owned media, Sputnik. The mark is subtle but noticeable, located just above his furrowed brow and below the hairline.

By September 30, the spot on the president's forehead became more prominent. On this day, Putin gave a speech commemorating what is referred to in Russia as the anniversary of reunification with the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia. Images released by Sputnik on behalf of the Kremlin clearly showcase the spot under his hairline.

The cause of this sudden appearance of the spot remains unclear, with no official statement released by the Kremlin. It might be something trivial and temporary.

The mysterious spot on Putin's forehead has led to speculation and bewilderment among observers and the media, with outlets like the British Daily Mail and Swedish Expressen also reporting on the peculiar mark.

Without an official explanation, the origin and nature of the spot are subjects of conjecture. Whether it is a result of a medical issue, accident, or something else entirely is unknown, adding an element of enigma to the Russian leader's persona.