VLADIMIR Putin has been pictured with suspected bruises from an IV drip on the back of his hand – amid swirling rumours about the Russian president’s health.
Tyrant Vlad was seen attending a meeting with a regional governor at his state residence outside of Moscow.
On the back of his hand appeared to be a series of small bruises, possibly from an IV drip.
He was talking via video link with Altai Region Governor Viktor Tomenko from his house in Novo-Ogaryovo, 16 miles west of the Russian capital.
Kyiv Post correspondent Jason Jay Smart shared the damning footage on Twitter claiming that “videos released by [Russian] Government news show what could be track marks, from IVs, on the hand of Putin”.
He also claimed Moscow released two videos: one heavily watermarked to supposedly mask Putin’s hand and another that doesn’t show them at all.
Russia’s state news hastily deleted the footage in a move that will add to speculation about Putin’s ill health.
It follows rumours Putin will cancel his planned national address in the coming months for the first time, following a series of disastrous setbacks in the war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, leaked documents suggested Putin has Parkinson’s and cancer.
The bombshell documents shared exclusively with The Sun Online also claimed the 70-year-old is “stuffed full of steroids” to keep him functioning.
Putin was unsurprisingly not invited to this week’s G20 summit in Bali, with his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov making the trip to Indonesia in his place.
On Monday, it was reported that sanctioned crony Lavrov had been rushed to hospital with an unspecified “heart condition” after landing, but this was later denied by the 72-year-old.
Lavrov later issued a statement via the Russian Foreign Ministry which decried the reports as the “height of fakery” – but did not directly address the reasons for the hospital dash.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted a video of Lavrov, Putin’s foreign minister since 2004, sitting outdoors on a patio, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and reading documents.
He was pictured with what appears to be a more than £1,000 iPhone 14, an Apple Watch and his shirt emblazoned with the logo of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Putin’s crony appeared to be enjoying these Western goods despite being placed under heavy sanctions by the US and UK.
AP reported three officials confirmed he was undergoing treatment after suffering a health problem following his arrival in Indonesia.
Two are reported to have claimed he was being treated for a heart condition.
The event was snubbed by Putin amid reports the Russian leader feared he could be assassinated.
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