FRESH fears sparked for Vladimir Putin’s health as the Russian president suffers a coughing fit in televised meeting
The Russian president, 68, has sparked fresh rumours about his failing health when he couldn’t stop coughing during a televised meeting with top officials on Wednesday, November 18.
State news agency TASS asked the Kremlin about Putin’s health and was told he was “absolutely normal”.
“The president apologised and continued the meeting almost without pausing,” the agency said. However, they later edited the video so that the leader’s coughing fit seemed less severe.
Speculation abounded on Friday, November 6 that Putin was ready to quit the Kremlin after Moscow political scientist Professor Valery Solovei suggested the former KGB agent was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. The scientist also claimed that Putin’s family were concerned for his health and encouraging him to step down. The Kremlin firmly dismissed these claims, insisting that the president was in “excellent health.”
Radio Mayak, which had broadcast an original stream, reported: “Putin’s vocal cords gave in as he was setting his government to fight Covid-19.”
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