In recent weeks, speculation has mounted about Vladimir Putin’s health. The session that gained additional momentum over the rumors was when Putin met Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the Kremlin on Thursday last week.
The meeting was shown on television, and during the whole session, Putin was seen holding one or both hands on the table in front of him. The session attracted attention both in Norway and internationally, and led to further speculation about Putin’s poor health.
– This is not good journalism at all, Zahid says in the video, and continues:
– I can’t believe I could make a news story out of it.
VG responds to ascetic’s criticisms even more in the case. The trade magazine journalists first reported the ascetic video.
– totally wrong
The ascetic tells Dagbladet that what he primarily interacts with is remote diagnosis of people in the public eye, and that medical diagnoses are made based on something you see on TV or pictures on the Internet.
– It’s completely wrong for me. When we make the diagnosis, we talk to patients for a long time and get checked and tested before we make the diagnosis, Zahid tells Dagbladet, and continues:
Making diagnoses is hard enough for health workers, and there’s nothing other than health workers to do.
The Kremlin denies these rumors
In recent weeks, there have been a number of reports in the media about allegations of Putin’s ill health.
Dagbladet also mentioned that cancer, Parkinson’s disease, primary dementia, and steroid treatment for a medical condition are Some theories allegedly circulating among Russia’s experts in Western intelligence services.
In the case of the British telegraph After the meeting between Putin and Shoigu, the newspaper wrote that the two appeared to be “depressed” and “bad.”
Another incident that also sparked rumors is a video clip that was recorded with Putin before a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. In the clip, Putin shakes his hand until he presses it against his chest, and the 69-year-old takes solid steps towards his partner. After the publication of the section speculation among other things news page Visegrad 24 Whether he suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Many suspected this after his strange signature at the Shoigu meeting, during which he stuck to the table for 13 minutes.
This is perhaps the clearest video of something wrong with Putin’s health.
Look at the jerk of his leg and hand!
Any doctor out there willing to step in?
Parkinson’s Disease? pic.twitter.com/Vt0TpHtdrF
– Visegrad 24 (@visegrad24) April 24, 2022
The Kremlin denied the rumours Putin’s alleged health problems.
At a White House news conference on Monday, Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, was asked about the speculation about the Russian president’s health.
“I don’t have any assessment from here, or any specific comments about President Putin’s mental health,” Psaki said.
– Not okay
One of those who expressed their views on Putin’s health is the Swedish economics professor Anders Aslund, who wrote the following: Twitter:
Putin’s meeting with Shoujo today shows that both are depressed and seem to be in poor health.
The ascetic responds particularly forcefully to these allegations Åslund.
“He was able to diagnose depression in two people, and states that they appear to be in poor health, based on a few photos and videos online,” Zahid says in the video.
He believes that the media can make headlines about Putin’s health, but then calls for more substance and problematicism about this speculation. He believes there should also be statements from health workers.
– I think it should be done in a certain style, says the ascetic.
Breaking director at VG, Robert Simso responds to criticism from the ascetic of journalists.
We agree, of course, that the media should be wary of remote diagnosis of famous people. But there have always been questions about Putin’s state of mind, and since there were a number of media and Putin experts who thought this long session was too exciting, we chose to take the press out of it, Simsu wrote in an email to the journalist.
He also clarified that in this case it was clearly not documented other than what experts and the media believe they see in Putin.
– As stated in the article that VG did not find anything in the Russian media that there is reason to doubt the health of Putin,
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