Putin health fears erupt as President CANCELS annual call – ‘More important events’

Last year’s “direct line” lasted 3 hours and 42 minutes, in which Putin answered 68 audience questions.

In April, a video of Putin meeting his defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, showed the ageing tyrant gripping his desk for the vast swathe of the meeting.

This prompted claims that the Russian President was attempting to limit the visible effects of tremors, which Parkinson’s sufferers can do by tensing the muscles in the affected area.

In footage released a week later, of Putin meeting ally Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian President, he makes a motion with his thumb which could be viewed as a spasm.