Rumours suggest Vladimir Putin has Parkinson's disease: may stand down in 2021

Rumours have abounded concerning the health of Russian president Vladimir Putin since the COVID pandemic outbreak, and his reported retreat to a bunker at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.

Expert analysis of recent images now suggest he may be suffering from the highly debilitating Parkinson's disease, and may even be preparing to stand down in 2021.

Kremlin watchers may speculate on his future prospects. A weak Russian leader will generally have a short life-expectancy - Josef Stalin himself, who Putin has openly admired - was reportedly suffocated by his own doctor.

There are clear indications of an impending putsch in Moscow. The murder of Boris Nemtsov in February 2015 and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny earlier this year will have alerted Putin's potential challengers to the need to act in a pre-emptive manner.

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