It seems that the Russian President has really squandered his former enthusiasm and has also lost confidence and influence over the government, the British news analyst Mark Galeotti said in a recent opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph. “But we still don't know anything for sure,” he continued. “Instead, we can only rely only on some allusions."
Recently, rumors regarding Vladimir Putin’s possible retirement in January 2021 have been circulating in the media. The alleged cause is his health problems. Moreover, while previously the President's resignation was predicted simply in the wake of unspecified circumstances, with only hints made at a possible unnamed illness, now there is the open talk about suspicions of Parkinson's disease.
The problem is that such rumors have always been around and will always be, says Mark Galeotti, a Russian expert and columnist for the Daily Telegraph. According to the journalist, the probability that there is something special in the new rumors about the Russian President is very low. Moreover, the journalist is sure that the reasons for the rumors about the Russian leader's illness are quite obvious. "All these conversations may indicate that in the conditions of the strictest confidence at the very top of the Russian power system, rumours that can have a noticeable destabilizing effect are emerging, as well as that the fate of one particular person is extremely important for Russia," the writers indicates with conviction.
As for the latest claims about the Russian President’s health problems, they mostly come from a well-known political scientist, who is predicting for a yet another time the imminent departure of Vladimir Putin from politics. However, the head of the Kremlin's press service, Dmitry Peskov, as usual, denied this information. "If you keep predicting health problems for a 68-year-old man, one day you will eventually be right" Galeotti said ironically.
In addition, the observer notes, do not forget that Putin is used to taking care of himself, and in addition, he is well taken care of by his entourage. For example, at the moment, everyone who meets with the Russian President is forced to undergo a 2-week quarantine, and when they visit his rural residence outside Moscow, where he works most of the time in 2020, they have to pass through a special disinfection tunnel too. But despite all this, Galeotti is ready to admit that the Russian leader did face certain problems, and all the events of recent months suggest that Vladimir Putin is really going to quit.
"There are videos where you can see how his legs twitch, which, according to experts, causes serious discomfort. The amendments to the Constitution, which were adopted this year, were clearly pushed through in a hurry. "It seems that the Russian President has really squandered his former enthusiasm, he has also lost confidence and influence over the government. But we still don't know anything for sure. Instead, we can only rely only on some allusions," the expert says.