Ukraine’s top intelligence official has claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seriously ill and is using body doubles.
In an interview broadcast on the Ukrainian television channel Freedom, Major General Kyrlo Budanov alleged that Putin was using similar looks to avoid public appearances.
These couples have different facial features, earlobes, chins, head shape and even hairline, according to Budanov, who heads the Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.
“The picture, let’s say, of the ears, is different. And it’s like a fingerprint, the picture of each person’s ear is unique. It can’t be duplicated,” Budanov was quoted as saying by Ukrainian news outlet TSN.
The official claimed that the shape of the faces of the Putin couple could be explained by plastic surgery or “beauty injections”, but other details remained questionable.
“they [Putin’s body doubles] Different habits, different methods, different gait, sometimes even different heights,” claimed Budanov, who did not provide solid evidence to support his claims.
During the broadcast, Budanov also claimed that Putin, who turns 70 this October, is seriously ill and it was no big secret.
Putin’s public appearances have repeatedly fueled speculation about his health, with some even claiming he has Parkinson’s disease or cancer.
The Russian head of state struggled to get down the stairs of his jet during a recent visit to Iran. Putin’s right hand also looked stiff and stiff as he walked down the red carpet rolling for him.
In a clip broadcast on Russian state television in June, Putin’s arm was bulging as he grabbed a table for support during a meeting in Moscow.
According to Professor Eric Bucci, a body language expert at Texas Tech University, the Russian leader’s face was also puffy, while his legs looked “very thin”.
“It is not a portrait of a healthy Putin, but of a small conference table increasingly frail and barely able to keep himself upright,” Bucci recently told The Sun.
The bulging veins may reportedly be a sign of blood clots or an autoimmune disease, but they are also a natural sign of aging.