(FreedomBeacon.com)- Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, appeared to put some of his aides and himself to sleep during a meeting.
The 69-year-old Russian president appears to nod asleep during a state council discussion about promoting tourism in the country.
This comes after allegations that during his journey to Russia’s far east, where he attended the significant Vostok military games, Putin “complained to physicians about exhaustion and shortness of breath.”
Putin’s representatives may be seen in video from the state council meeting struggling to keep their eyes open while they listened to talks.
But when Putin hauled them over seven time zones to attend, one after another seemed to nod asleep at the gathering on Russky island near the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.
Video showing Putin appearing to nod off during the meeting and accusations that he has complained to physicians about weariness and shortness of breath casts new doubt on his health.
According to the Telegram channel General SVR, which has long maintained that Putin is dealing with significant health concerns, a body double was even on standby if Putin could not attend the meeting.
The station reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “bags” under his eyes and puffiness on his cheeks before the flight to Kamchatka. Putin also reportedly had increasing kidney ailments.
The channel said there was no discernible improvement despite the use of medications. Putin complained to doctors in Kamchatka about being exhausted and having trouble breathing. The president chose to take part in the pre-arranged festivities, nevertheless.
“A President doppelgänger is ready to help,”
In Russia, concerns about Putin’s health have been rife for some time. Some think he has Parkinson’s disease or cancer, and he frequently vanishes for days amid rumors that he is having surgery.
As a result of the rumors’ popularity, the Kremlin was compelled to refute them publicly. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Putin, insisted that the Russian president was in “great health” and that any rumors to the contrary were “total nonsense.”
But since he began his brutal invasion of Ukraine, rumors have intensified since he gives the impression that he is not entirely in control of his limbs.