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Putin’s Walk – Neurological Disorder Or Military Training?

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There is a lot of study and research going on behind the way Putin walks with his right arm being stiff and rigid while his left arm swinging like a normal person. Scientists over the years are trying to find out the reason behind the same. It is published in the British Medical Journal that Putin’s walk might be due to behavioral adaptation or due to training systems in the Russian Military where Putin was a Lieutenant Colonel. 

What Researchers Say About Putin’s Walk?

Putin's 'peculiar walk' linked to KGB weapons training, report claims |  Vladimir Putin | The Guardian

Batista Bloem, a neurology professor in the Netherlands’ Radboud University Medical Center noticed over the years that Putin’s walk is really odd and strange. While his left arm is in movement, he keeps his right arm straight with zero movements. This incited curiosity in the minds of the researchers and they started investigating the matter. 

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While looking for explanations, they encountered a guidebook of the KGB, where it is explained clearly that the trainees are instructed to keep their weapons in their right hand, near the chest so that they could draw the gun in a fraction of the second.  But, there was no such obligation for the left hand.  

These findings were published in the British Medical Journal. The team of the British Medical Journal, each year on the eve of Christmas, publishes a series of papers about unusual topics. 

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The Story Of Other Russian Bureaucrats

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While searching for valid reasons for Putin’s walk, the researchers found that other Russian officials also exhibited the same gait pattern, also coined as the “ gunslinger’s gait”. This unusual walk pattern was found to be existent in the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, along with other officials namely Anatoly Serdyukov, Sergei Ivanov, Anatoly Sidorov, who served in the Russian defense forces and Russian military respectively. 

All these examples of the unusual walk pattern were linked to the KGB training where the trainees were instructed to keep their right limbs rigid and stiff. It was also found that they did not show any problem or difficulty while working or writing with their right hand, thus, this unusual walk pattern is not linked to any diseases or disorders. 

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The History Of The Russian Officials

Putin in KGB

While studying the careers of the above-mentioned Russian officials, it was found that Putin and other officials were either trainee in the KGB or had served in the military which manifested in them a strange walk pattern. But the case with the Russian Prime Minister is a little different. 

There is no evidence of him serving in the military or in the KGB. Scientists have reported that his unusual walk might be due to a practice called “Imitating The Boss”. This practice is widely followed in the Russian Government system, where subordinates are ordered to follow the manners and techniques exhibited by the Seniors.

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Conclusion

While it was reported previously that Putin’s walk might be a symptom of Parkinson’s disease, Scientists recently ruled out any link between both, because other symptoms of the progressive disorder weren’t found in any of the officials. But it is noteworthy that arm stiffness is a symptom of Parkinson’s disease, which will help the experts to identify the disease early.

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