The Kremlin poured a splash on Friday when it was reported that Vladimir Putin was planning to resign next year amid speculation that he may have Parkinson’s disease.
The British newspaper The Sun on Thursday quoted Moscow political expert Valery Solovei as saying the 37-year-old’s 37-year-old wife Alina Kabaeva of the strong man and his two daughters were urging him to leave office.
“It is completely nonsense,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday, Reuters reported. “Everything is fine with the president.”
When asked if Putin was planning to resign as soon as Solovei suggested, Peskov frankly said: “No.”;
Solovei contends that Putin may suffer from degenerative disorders of the central nervous system because the 68-year-old man recently had symptoms of the disease.
According to The Sun, Putin recently showed great pain when he moved his leg. The footage reviewed also showed his fingers twitching as he held up a potable mug, the report said.
Speculation about Putin’s possible departure comes as Russian lawmakers are examining a law proposed by the president that would grant former presidents immunity from lifelong criminal prosecution.