Is Vladimir Putin okay? Russian Prez looks distracted, shaky at midnight Orthodox Easter mass

This comes after the Russian autocrat had a meeting with defense chief Sergei Shoigu, where he was seen holding the sides of a table


                            Is Vladimir Putin okay? Russian Prez looks distracted, shaky at midnight Orthodox Easter mass
Russia's President Vladimir Putin's recent appearnces have been scrutinized widely as he reportedly looked not so healthy (Anthony Wallace - Pool/Getty Images)
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It seems rumors about Vladimir Putin’s deteriorating health are not going to die anytime soon as the Russian autocrat’s recent appearance at a midnight mass for Orthodox Easter has shown him looking distracted and unsteady. The appearance at the church service has reportedly fuelled the speculations that Putin has Parkinson's or terminal cancer.

This comes after the 69-year-old had a meeting with defense chief Sergei Shoigu, where he looked bloated and was seen holding the sides of a table, and tapping his foot, which is apparently quite unusual of him. However, this time his physique seemed fine but his expressions told a different story. As per reports, during the church service, he stood alongside the city's mayor Sergei Sobyanin Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

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Recent church pictures can be seen here.

Short television footage apparently showed him moving “uncomfortably, sticking out his tongue and chewing his lips.” Putin reportedly looked unsteady and distracted as he crossed himself slowly during the mass led by Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill, who has supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Reports said that he also avoided saying “he has truly risen” with the rest of the churchgoers.

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia speaks during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

 

A few days ago, Putin was seen having a meeting with Shoigu regarding the blockade of Mariupol. During that meeting, the tyrant reportedly seemed “feeble and barely able to hold himself upright” in his chair. He also looked bloated as Professor Erik Bucy, a body language expert from Texas Tech University, said: “It’s an astonishingly weakened Putin compared to the man we observed even a few years ago. An able-bodied president would not need to keep himself propped up with a hand held out for leverage and would not be concerned about keeping both feet planted on the ground.”

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He continued: “This is not a portrait of a healthy Putin but one appearing increasingly feeble and barely able to hold himself upright at a small conference table. Putin’s legs also appear quite thin, as if he may be suffering from weight or muscle loss from an unannounced malady. Bloating in his face reinforces an unhealthy appearance, especially compared to photographs and video of the Russian premiere from a few years ago.”

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Russia President Vladimir Putin looks on during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

 

Professor Patrick Stewart, from the University of Arkansas, also noted: “The hands being held up under the table are in an almost begging position, while holding the table is different from what I've seen previously - certainly holding tightly onto the podium is something we have seen from Putin when considering a stressful issue in front of the free press.”

And, Swedish economist Anders Åslund added: “Putin's meeting with Shoigu today shows both depressed & seemingly in bad health. Shoigu has to read his comments to Putin & slurs badly, suggesting that the rumors of his heart attack are likely. He sits badly. Poor performance. Worth watching.”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky takes questions at a press conference on April 23, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Ukrainian president said he was expecting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit the following day, the highest American delegation since the beginning of the war. He renewed calls for more weapons and other forms of support from allied countries as Ukraine defends itself from Russian's assault, which began two months ago. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared a positive message on the occasion of Orthodox Easter. He said in a video address from St. Sophia's Cathedral, “Today, we still believe in the new victory of Ukraine and we are all convinced that we will not be destroyed by any horde or wickedness.”

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