A now-viral video of Vladimir Putin fidgeting with his legs is fuelling assumptions that his health seems to be deteriorating.

Videos have emerged of Putin’s meeting with Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, to discuss military expansion and economic cooperation amid the ongoing war with Ukraine. The footage shows the Russian President’s legs continuously fidgeting throughout his talks with his ally. Reactions to the video have been polarised, to say the least.

From ridicule to diagnosis, many viewers have taken to social media to express their interpretation of the video. In a tweet with over 4.7 million views, Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, questioned whether the Russian autocrat is trying to communicate in morse code.

More importantly, however, Putin’s video has further fuelled the months-long speculations about his health. Many viewers believe his movements to be similar to those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease or a possible side effect of its medication. Some have even compared his strange bodily movements to a video of Hitler at the 1936 Olympics, which is when people assume he had begun experimenting with drugs.

Many observers have speculated that Putin has cancer and does not have long to live.

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