'Absurd hoax': Kremlin sets record straight on Putin's health, body double speculations
The report mentioned that when the president fell, he inadvertently struck the table, causing the dishes and items to crash to the floor, creating the noise. It also described Putin's physical reaction as he lay on the floor, mentioning convulsive movements and rolling eyes.
The Kremlin has firmly rejected recent speculations regarding the health and well-being of Russian President Vladimir Putin, dismissing them as unfounded. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov addressed the rumors that had circulated, including claims of the president using body doubles, which he labeled an "absurd hoax."
These rumors emerged following an unverified report from a Russian Telegram channel that was subsequently picked up by some Western media outlets. The report suggested that President Putin had experienced a serious health incident on Sunday evening. Notably, Putin had recently celebrated his 71st birthday on October 7 and had undertaken a visit to China, making stopovers in two Russian cities on his way back.
The Telegram channel 'General SVR,' cited in various reports, alleged that President Putin's security personnel discovered him lying on the floor of his bedroom at approximately 9:05 pm Moscow time.
The statement from the channel described the incident, stating that security officers heard noises and sounds of falling from the president's bedroom, prompting them to investigate. They found Putin on the floor next to his bed, alongside an overturned table with food and drinks.
The report mentioned that when the president fell, he inadvertently struck the table, causing the dishes and items to crash to the floor, creating the noise. It also described Putin's physical reaction as he lay on the floor, mentioning convulsive movements and rolling eyes. Medical professionals stationed at the residence in an adjacent room were immediately summoned.
While longstanding rumors have circulated about President Putin using body doubles, he has consistently denied these claims. In a 2020 interview, Putin addressed the speculation, acknowledging that he had been offered the use of body doubles in the past for security reasons but had declined the offer. In April of this year, the Kremlin refuted any suggestions of body doubles, emphasizing that President Putin was in excellent health.