Putin ‘using at least three body doubles’ as leader ‘very unwell’, says expert
Vladimir Putin is using "at least three" body doubles to protect himself and because his health is failing, according to reports.
Just days before Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow for a very friendly summit, he made a shock visit to the under-siege Mariupol in Ukraine.
It was the Kremlin leader’s first trip to the Russian-occupied territories of eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region since he started his "special military operation" just over a year ago.
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Kyiv official Anton Gerashchenko posted three images of Putin’s chin, questioning whether Putin was running scared of public visits and was in fact using a lookalike.
The official quipped: “What’s up with your chin, Putin?”
And international security specialist Will Geddes said Putin likely has three body doubles.
Speaking on GB News, he said: “I think it’s it’s highly likely [Putin uses a body double].
“To be honest, there has been a lot of analysis done on his recent visits to Ukraine where there has been such discrepancies where he’s got certainly, as Ukraine intelligence services seem to believe, at least three body doubles.
“To be honest, that’s not unusual. Most world leaders will have some kind of decoy they will deploy in certain circumstances to keep themselves safe.”
There have been strong rumours that Putin uses a body double for public appearances and is becoming more cowed about appearing himself while the war continues to rage on.
This may be to do with his reported ailing health, Geddes said.
It has long been believed he suffers from cancer, Parkinson's disease and other ailments including a schizoaffective disorder.
“There’s a lot of reports that Vladimir Putin is incredibly unwell. This would play into Xi Jinping’s recent to the Kremlin to meet with Putin," Geddes said.
“There was certainly some footage of Putin looking very unstable, very shaky.
"The use of hands by the decoy in the Ukraine occasion was quite out of character to what we’re used to Vladimir Putin doing.”
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