Putin's hand draws attention: What does it reveal?

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.16 - 2023 8:03 PM CET

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Putin's right hand is drawing a lot of attention.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi. While the meeting itself was noteworthy, a particular detail caught the eye of observers: Putin's right hand.

Anton Heraszczenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, shared a video on social media that zoomed in on Putin's hand, reigniting discussions that have been ongoing for years.

The hand in question

For several years, rumors have circulated that Putin may be seriously ill, and his right hand has often been the subject of scrutiny.

When Putin met with the Chinese leader in Moscow, his right hand remained almost motionless, while he freely gestured with his left hand. At other times, cameras have captured a characteristic trembling.

This time, the video shows his hand with visible veins. When Putin gestures, it appears that his right hand looks somewhat worse than his left. But could this indicate an illness?

Speculations and expert opinions

Many commentators argue that the appearance of Putin's hand should not be surprising, given that he is 70 years old and cannot inject Botox into that part of his body.

Professor Anthony Glees, a leading military expert, recently stated in an interview with the "Daily Star," "I honestly think we are observing his double. The real Putin could now be a babbling wreck in a safety smock."

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