Kremlin deletes videos of Russian president Vladimir PutinA soldier is seen with a deep scar on his hand as he tries to hold his hand during a visit to a training camp for reservists in the Ryazan region last week.
After the Russian state news agency RIA deleted the videos, the images started circulating on social media shortly after. The news was initially published in the Ukrainian press, and was echoed by other foreign media.
Suspicion about the mark on Putin’s arm is that he may need a venous access catheter inserted in the area due to medical treatment.
The images reinforce rumors that the Russian leader will be treating an illness. There has long been speculation that Putin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer or Parkinson’s disease.
It is noteworthy that Putin always appears with an entourage of doctors at public events. The Russian government has denied all speculation about the president’s health.
In April this year, weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, a video of Putin grabbing the corner of a table during a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also caught the public’s attention.
In the pictures, the Russian president appears to be struggling to balance himself on his chair. In addition, the way he leaned in the chair and his facial expression already attracted attention at that time.
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