Just yesterday in my piece “Putin’s Bunker, or Sketches on Fuhrer’s last refuge,” I once again noted how the Russian president abstracted himself from the outside world and that seeing him in public (even among his closest entourage) becomes more and more difficult.
Meanwhile, among the Western media, reports regularly emerge claiming that the Russian leader is in fact seriously, terminally ill. It’s about Parkinson’s disease.
For example, The Sun reported on Putin’s poor health and the incurable disease. It was at the suggestion of the British tabloid that a wave of discussions spread throughout the media – both in Russia and beyond – which the Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov was forced to refute.
Frankly speaking, this is not the first time that topics related to Putin’s poor health are spun through open sources. Parkinson’s disease was first mentioned in 2015 – again, in British media. It was The Times, to which the BBC then referred, that was the original source of that report.
Back then, the allegations were based on Putin’s disappearance from public radar for 11 days, from February to March. He didn’t appear on TV and neither was he mentioned in news agencies’ agenda. As they say, there is no smoke without fire, so Putin’s unhealthy look has been arousing more and more suspicions over the past several years.
The ultimate isolation of the Russian president, his refusal to take the coronavirus vaccine, and many other nuances really make one wonder, what’s actually going on in the Novo-Ogaryovo bunker. To what extent is the Russian leader actually capable of fully performing his functions, rather than working in remission periods only?
It’s therefore no surprise that a bill was now tabled in the Russian State Duma, ensuring for the president and his family personal guarantees of immunity once he retires, as well as a senator’s seat for life.
It’s no surprise because Putin’s realization of his imminent stepdown or falling into a vegetation state without being able to decide on vital issues, force Putin to ensure for himself a safety cushion. Even more so, taking into account the crimes he had committed during his cadence. In fact, if his successors one day decide to extradite the ex-president to be tried by some international tribunal, this could ease Russia sanctions or lead to other concessions on the part of the Western powers.
So are Putin’s days really numbered? It all depends on how severe his disease has gotten. If we take 2015 as a countdown, then Putin is no more than 5 years away from complete fadeout, and throughout this period he will still have enough time to provide cover for his future departure and place loyal people in all important posts.
Apparently, there’s no way to create an “eternal president” out of Putin. It appears, they molested their constitution in vain…
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