Russia rejects claims Vladimir Putin has Parkinson’s as “absolute nonsense”

The Kremlin have rejected claims Russian President, Vladimir Putin, 68, may have Parkinson’s disease and will soon give up his position.

Authorities in Russia have dismissed suggestions Mr Putin has Parkinson’s as “absolute nonsense” and assured media “everything is fine” with the President.

Kremlin spokesman Dimtry Peskov, said the report, which was picked up by UK tabloids was false.

He said: “It’s absolute nonsense.

“Everything is fine with the president.”



Authorities in Russia have dismissed suggestions Mr Putin has Parkinson’s as “absolute nonsense”
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Mr Peskov was also asked about rumours Mr Putin was planning step down from his presidency in the near future, to which Peskov said: “No.”

The Sun had cited Professor Valery Solovei, a Russian political pundit, who told a Moscow radio station Putin was in poor health.

Mr Solovei also claimed he faced calls from his own party members to step down due to fears over his poor health.

Despite Mr Peskov’s assertions, president Putin has recently cancelled a number of scheduled events in recent weeks.



Kremlin spokesman Dimtry Peskov, said the report, which was picked up by UK tabloids was false
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A bill was recently published to the government website that would allow Mr Putin to run again when his term ends in 2024.

Sparking further speculation about his absence as the Russian government moved to extend immunity from criminal prosecution to any offences committed in their lifetime last week.

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Former presidents already have lifetime immunity for crimes committed in office under legislation adopted after Mr Putin first came to power.

The new bill would also make it harder to revoke ex-presidents’ expanded immunity.