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A clip showing Putin twitching his foot set off new speculation after claims he is seriously ill

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  • Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinPresident of Russia
  • Emomali RahmonEmomali RahmonPresident of Tajikistan (1992-present)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon at the Kremlin on May 16, 2022.Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
  • Video showing Vladimir Putin twitching his foot set off new speculation about his health.

  • The secretive leader's condition is under scrutiny after Ukraine claimed he is seriously ill.

  • Some believe illness could make him more reckless in the war in Ukraine and confronting the West.

A clip showing Vladimir Putin twitching his leg in a meeting in Moscow with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon set off a new flurry of online speculation about the Russian president's health Monday.

In the meeting, where the leaders discussed security issues in central Asia, Putin appears to jerk his foot several times. MailOnline published a version of the video:

The evidence is slight, but was seized upon amid tensions with the West over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and conjectures over Putin's physical and mental health. Clips from recent meetings where Putin was seen gripping a table or awkwardly moving his leg have also fuelled speculation that he may be seriously ill.

Experts have weighed in with more credible information, with former British spy Christopher Steele on Sunday claiming that Russian sources had informed him that Putin was fatally ill.

A Ukrainian intelligence chief in an interview with Sky News over the weekend also claimed that Putin is in "very bad psychological and physical condition and he is very sick", and rejected the suggestion he was making the claims as part of Ukraine's information war with Russia.

A Russian oligarch also said, in a recently-released secret recording, that he had been informed by Kremlin sources that Putin had blood cancer.

No evidence has emerged to substantiate these claims.

From action man, to rumors of failing health

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia on August 3, 2009.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia on August 3, 2009.Alexsey Druginyn/AFP via Getty Images

In his first decade in power, Putin sought to portray himself as a vigorous action man, riding a horse bare-chested, piloting a light aircraft, and vanquishing opponents on the hockey pitch in propaganda stunts.

But the Russian leader, who is approaching 70, now casts a very different figure in his public appearances.

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