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Putin displays more signs of 'ill health' as he limps and uses lap blanket at Victory parade

Putin, 69, was seen limping as well at the event but any rumor about his health have not been acknowledged by the Kremlin
UPDATED MAY 10, 2022
Putin was seen limping in the Victory Parade that happened on Monday, May 9, 2022. ((Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images and RIA)
Putin was seen limping in the Victory Parade that happened on Monday, May 9, 2022. ((Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images and RIA)

During a big Victory Parade on Monday, May 9, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin sat with a large blanket around his legs and appeared to be limping, which reignited speculation about his health. Putin, 69, appeared to be the only one wearing a blanket over his knees while surrounded by much older World War II veterans, according to the Mirror.

According to the Sun, former British diplomat Sir Tony Brenton weighed in on this saying, “The heavy blanket is an interesting detail. There have been regular rumors of ill health in Putin, which of course have not been acknowledged by the Kremlin,” adding, “But he has been locked away as a result of COVID for the last two years and is only now having to re-engage.” He continued, “Those people who have spoken to him, people like (French President Emmanuel) Macron and the Americans, have reported back less coherence than they are used to getting from him,” concluding, “So there are reasons to be worried about him. But we need to be a little bit careful about what we wish for.”  


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Was it really cold for Putin to use a blanket? Well, in Moscow where the parade happened, the temperature was a chilly 48 degrees Fahrenheit. After sitting for quite a while, he walked with a noticeable limp on his way to the Tomb of the unknown soldier to place a wreath, according to the Daily Mail. It isn’t just the parade incident that raised questions about his health because, in a video published by the Kremlin, people could see a swollen and uncomfortable Putin holding a table for support during a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Moreover, he also appeared wobbly during an Orthodox Easter service in Moscow, however, other accounts claim he wasn't even there and that the Kremlin doctored the film.

Putin was seen with a heavy blanket over his lap during the Monday parade. (Photo: RIA)

Apart from this, there is another interesting info about Putin that many people believe in. According to the Russian investigative outlet The Project, Putin is claimed to bathe in blood collected from deer antlers that are chopped off when still developing and full of new blood. The Kremlin has strongly refuted any claims that the warrior is ill but hopefully, an official statement will be released. Considering this event, many Twitter users, mostly anti-Putin, have also shared their views.

Among older men, including World War II veterans, Putin was seen looking weak and limping. (Photo: RIA)

One user wrote, “Let's hope whatever he's suffering from its terminal and quick,” while another said, “Uh Oh, is he going to "catch a cold" now?? *fingers crossed*”  One viewer said: "So, I watched some of the parade and I watched Putin carefully. Putin didn’t look strong, he didn’t look confident, and he didn’t look happy. He looked old, tired, and fat/puffy. He was sitting for a while and had a blanket on his lap. Not a good look." Another social media user wrote: "Not only has Putin's head become a Botox casulty resembling a massive genocidal jack-o-lantern but now his tender little knees need to be covered with a warm blanket. The Mafia Midget is the only "hero" there requiring such treatment."