Kremlin ‘controlling air con’ around Putin as further health scares feared

Kremlin chiefs reportedly control the air conditioning around Vladimir Putin because they fear further health scares.

Rumours have been circulating about the Russian tyrant's health since he launched his invasion of Ukraine in February.

There have been suggestions of cancer, Parkinson's disease or both, and intelligence sources have claimed he has undergone major surgery in recent months.

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Putin has also appeared shaky and gripping tightly to tables in videos from Moscow.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has now revealed that the air con around him is closely monitored, with officials worried that high temperatures in the capital could make him ill.

"We regulate air conditioners in the premises more carefully and avoid drafts," he told state-controlled Russia Today.

Peskov's comments came just days after Putin was seen coughing during a meeting with Iranian government officials.

According to Russia Today, Putin claimed the cough was caused by an air con he was sitting near because of the Iranian heat.

Russian authorities continue to deny that their leader is ill, with Peskov calling the rumours "ducks" – a Russian euphemism for hearsay.

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"Ukrainian information specialists, in quotation marks, both American and British, have been throwing various ducks about the state of the president's health in recent months. It's nothing but ducks," he said.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov denied the rumours in May, saying: "President Vladimir Putin appears in public every day. You can watch him on screens, read and listen to his performances.

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"I don't think that sane people can see signs of some kind of illness or poor health."

William Burns, the director of the CIA, told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado last week that there was no evidence to support the claims.

"There are lots of rumours about President Putin's health and as far as we can tell he's entirely too healthy," he joked.


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