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Vladimir Putin's hand turns purple during meet, triggers health rumours

India Today 25-11-2022 India Today Web Desk
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Vladimir Putin's health is back in focus after the Russian President was seen clutching to his chair with a purple hand during a meeting with Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel y Bermudez a few days ago, a report said. 

During a meeting with the Cuban leader, Vladimir Putin was seen looking uncomfortable and tightly gripping a chair with his right hand, The Mirror reported. 

The Russian leader's hand appeared to have a purple colour and he gave an overall shrunken appearance alongside the Cuban leader, the report claimed. Vladimir Putin also looked bloated and pallid, it added. 

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A video published on the Kremlin's website showed Putin and the Cuban head of state, Miguel Díaz-Canel y Bermudez, delivering speeches as Russian military guards flanked a bronze statue of Castro.

The Mirror report citing these clips from the meeting suggested that Vladimir Putin was continually moving his feet. Rumours continue to circulate that he is unwell, possibly with cancer.

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Amid rumours about health, Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart unveiled a monument in a north Moscow square to Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Tuesday, pledging to deepen their friendship in the face of US sanctions against both countries.

Vladimir Putin in a speech underscored Castro's history of defiance, praising him for "selflessly defending the sovereignty of (his) native country" and drawing parallels with Western sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with its military campaign in Ukraine, AP reported. 

(With inputs from AP)

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