Rogov: Putin doesn’t look very lively, a certain awkwardness of positions he takes during public speeches

PONARS Eurasia
13 Nov 2020

(JAMnews) Unexpected bills have been put forward in the Russian Duma, guaranteeing immunity to former presidents of the country. This initiative looks strange given that the current leader of the country Vladimir Putin has no obstacles to continue ruling the country for many years to come. At the same time, unconfirmed rumors in the media speak about Putin’s grave health condition.

Last week, amendments to two laws regarding the status and rights of former presidents of the Russian Federation were introduced in the Russian parliament. [...]

Below is the opinion of an independent Russian political scientist Kirill Rogov:

— Vladimir Putin doesn’t really look very lively, his aging is very obvious (which is biologically normal), certain awkwardness of positions he takes during public speeches has been discussed for a while.

The bill on Putin’s immunity is supposedly directed at avoiding reprisals against the former president with ‘fictitious criminal cases’, which is, as a matter of fact, virtually the entire foundation of Putin’s power. [...]

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