Vladimir Putin is planning to step down next year as rumors swirl around Russia that the longtime president could have Parkinson’s disease, a report said Thursday.
Moscow political scientist Valery Solovei told The Sun that the Russian man’s 37-year-old girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and his two daughters were urging him to leave office.
“Having a family, it has a great influence on him. He plans to make his transition public by January, ”Solovei told the news agency.
Solovei also suggested that Putin may be suffering from Parkinson’s because the president has recently been showing signs of the disease.
According to one observer, Putin recently seemed very painful to constantly move his legs.
The footage reviewed also showed his fingers twitching as he held up a potable mug, the report said.
Speculation about Putin̵7;s possible departure comes as Russian lawmakers are examining a law proposed by the president that would grant former presidents immunity from lifetime criminal prosecution.