Putin has Parkinson’s? Let’s consider this claim carefully

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If the news is true, then Russia will soon see the end of Vladimir Putin’s reign as president.

If the news is true.

The New York Post jumped all over a report in The Sun suggesting Putin would step down next year.

Here’s the most relevant information from The Sun’s story:

Moscow political scientist Professor Valery Solovei fuelled further speculation last night by suggesting Putin may have symptoms of Parkinson’s.

The academic said he also understood Putin’s undisclosed partner Alina was pressuring him to quit – along with his daughters Maria Vorontsova , 35, Katerina Tikhonova, 34.

Solovei said: “There is a family, it has a great influence on him. He intends to make public his handover plans in January”.

The professor predicted that Putin would soon appoint a new prime minister who would be groomed to become his eventual successor.

Now, let’s first accept that neither the Post nor the Sun represents top-line journalism. We’ll leave it at that.

Let’s also acknowledge that the source might be — might be — biased. His rather thin Wikipedia page notes he “resigned” from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, in 2019, “after being requested by the University administration.”

Suffice to say, there might be an ax to grind.

How about we wait until a legitimate news organization and a source with less baggage discusses Putin’s health and what he might do in the coming months?

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