Russia’s despotic President Vladimir Putin has often been the subject of jokes about his size – which is officially unknown because the Kremlin refuses to release the true figure
Rumors that Russian President Vladimir Putin suffers from “Kleinmann Syndrome” mounted this week after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown shared a very personal story about the despot.
Back in February, when Russia invaded Ukraine for the first time, Conservative MP Julian Lewis claimed during a question in the House of Commons that Putin was “firmly in the grip of Kleinmann syndrome”.
He also said Putin has a “Napoleon complex”.
Lewis said this could be why Putin ordered his troops to take to the streets of Ukraine.
And now former Labor leader Brown, who served as British Chancellor under then-Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007, has shed some light on the truth of this rumor.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph’s Celia Walden, he recalled the two meeting in 2006.
He said: “I first met Putin in the Kremlin in 2006, when I was Chancellor.
“And I was put in a very low seat so that I looked up at him.
“He’s certainly a relatively small man and wears these heels.
“Anyway, that day he took out those flashcards and proceeded to read out all this information that he had on me, as if to prove he knew more about me than I knew about myself.
“So when people say that Putin has changed and is only threatening now, I can tell you that he was already threatening me then.”
Putin’s size isn’t the only topic of conversation when it comes to the despotic leader.
His health was also an important topic of conversation.
Last month, a source told the Latest Page News Sunday that Putin’s recent media appearances were most likely pre-taped.
A body double may also have been used at public events such as the Moscow Victory Day Parade earlier this month.
An intelligence source said: “Putin is very ill and if he dies his death will be kept secret for weeks if not months.
“There is also a possibility that he is already dead. It’s impossible to know. Putin is believed to have used body doubles in the past when he was ill, and the Kremlin may be doing so now.
“Putin is the head of a small group of high-ranking officials who are completely loyal to him.
“The real fear (for his cronies) is that after the announcement of his death, there could be a coup in the Kremlin and Russian generals want to pull out of Ukraine.
“Putin’s death will leave them powerless and vulnerable, so they have a vested interest in saying that Putin is alive – when the opposite might be the case.”
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