(NewsGlobal.com)- This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled east to attend the Vostok war games.
In video footage showing his arrival at the command post for the joint military exercises, the Russian president appeared to be walking with a limp, adding to the growing concerns that his health is failing.
Putin, Shoigu and Gerasimov gathered to watch Vostok 2022 military drills, after holding a closed meeting. Russia claims 50k troops are taking part jointly with Central Asian countries and China. pic.twitter.com/7kmjwmcUPX
— Mary Ilyushina (@maryilyushina) September 6, 2022
This footage comes just after Putin’s leg appeared to be shaking during an event on Monday:
#Putin leg shaking during interview at National Environmental Youth Forum in Kamchatka Monday, Sept 6, 2022 pic.twitter.com/jNtozxAYUD
— The Unpublished (@minhnhat_vn) September 7, 2022
The rumors that Vladimir Putin is gravely ill have been circulating over the last couple of years after he underwent emergency surgery in February 2020. Since then, some have suspected the Russian leader was suffering from a debilitating disease like cancer or Parkinson’s.
But the health rumors kicked into high gear after footage from a February 18 meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko showed the Russian president’s hands shaking uncontrollably.
The UK Sun reported in late April that an anonymous Kremlin insider had told the Russian media outlet, General SVR, that Putin was to undergo surgery for cancer, but the “insider” did not specifically describe the nature of the operation.
In photos from Putin’s April meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the 69-year-old president can be seen gripping the table and slouching down in his chair.
During the May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Putin was seen walking with a limp and sitting with a blanket covering his lap.
During a meeting with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon in May, the Russian president was plagued with restless, fidgeting feet. The physical tic was so pronounced that even President Rahmon could be seen looking down at Putin’s feet during the televised footage from the meeting.
During a visit to Tehran in July, Putin appeared stiff and ungainly as he deplaned.
no handshake pic.twitter.com/oOrFIvHGP1
— Yaser Emre (@yasiremres) July 19, 2022
None of the rumors have been verified and the Kremlin has denied that the Russian president is sick.