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Vladimir Putin, current sitting President of Russia, may be stepping down from his Presidential role next year.
According to The Daily Mail, speculations about Putin’s health have been occurring for some time. People have noticed his strange ‘gunslinger’s gait’ as he walks and have pointed to recent footage of Putin’s legs swinging as he held the back of a chair. His hand has been seen shaking while holding a pen as well as while holding a cup.
This is oddly timed as earlier this week Putin was made ‘Senator For Life.’ This would mean he is legally immune and is supported by the state until he dies.
His family has encouraged him to step down as well. Most notably, his former lover, Alina Kabaeva, a past Olympic Gymnast.
While the world has grown used to seeing Putin shirtless on horseback or hunting, it looks like that may be no more.
Early this morning, however, the narrative has been disavowed by Russian officials. According to Newsweek, Putin’s secretary of state, Dmitry Peskov, has said there are no plans for Putin to step down. Peskov claims the president is in ‘excellent health’ and even referred to the report as ‘complete nonsense.’
While it seems there may be some rumors surrounding the issue both ways, we have two months left in 2020. Anything is possible.