Questions have been raised as to whether Russian President Vladimir Putin attended an Orthodox Easter service held in Moscow last weekend because the photos released by the Kremlin bore a striking resemblance to last year’s images.
The images, which were allegedly taken for a year, show Putin wearing the same suit and look very similar – the only difference that is clear is the color of his tie.
Putin is believed to have attended an Orthodox Easter service at midnight on Sunday morning, April 24, in Moscow, along with Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, at Moscow’s gold-encrusted Christ the Savior Cathedral.
But images and videos of the incident have been picked up by Russian and Ukrainian opposition media, suggesting that the new clips were falsified from last year’s service on May 2, 2021.
Putin was shown to be swollen and crooked last week at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, which also seemed fragile and seemed to confuse his words when he read a brief statement to the president.
The image sparked rumors that Putin was suffering from serious health problems, and that Shoigu, who had been a major supporter in the early days of the Ukrainian war, was believed to have suffered a heart attack.
There are only subtle differences in the color of the light and Putin’s connection between the sets of images in the Easter service that suggest that the images have been manipulated (Putin of the 2021 Easter service in the picture on the left. The 2022 picture is on the right)
Putin (L) is believed to have attended a midnight service to celebrate Orthodox Easter on Sunday morning – April 24 – at Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin (R) in Moscow’s huge Golden Christ Savior Cathedral.
He seemed to be chewing on the inside of his mouth, moving uncomfortably, adding to the whirlwind of comments on the pressure of Russia’s backlash in the Ukrainian war.
There are only subtle aspects of the light and the color of Putin’s connection between the two sets of images in the Easter service, which suggest that the images have been manipulated.
“Putin is wearing the same outfit and candle as on May 2, 2021,” the Russian newspaper The Village reported.
“Proof of this is a photo report of the temple on the Kremlin’s website.”
Opposition media outlet Agentstvo also said that Putin’s image at this year’s event, which he makes every year, appeared to be distorted.
“In the broadcast of Holy Week from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, it seemed that Putin would disappear for a moment,” the channel said.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“The place where Putin should be seems empty.”
The allegations were made by Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, who said: “Putin’s directors were recaptured using video editing and [manipulation].
‘This time on the Easter service broadcast’.
Mozhem Obyasnit (We Can Explain) Telegram reported: “Putin-2022 in the cathedral service of Christ the Savior Cathedral is almost indistinguishable from Putin-2021.
“Social media users, looking at the photos, questioned whether the president had attended a public event.”
The channel has called on fans to “notice the difference” between this year’s and last year’s Putin.
Some commentators believe his face has changed since last year, despite similar statements.
Kirill, the patriarch of Russian Orthodox leaders who advocated the invasion of Ukraine, led the service. Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the ancient Julian calendar, and this year they celebrate Orthodox Easter on April 24th.
“Putin has the same hairstyle, almost the same facial expression, the same candle,” Mozhem Obyasnit said.
“They are both in the same backyard in the same corridor of the cathedral.
“It simply came to our notice then that in 2021 Putin was sometimes shown behind the clergy and priests, but this year, for some reason, they did not do so.
“Social media users have concluded that Putin’s reports on his participation in this public event during the war are depicted with images of a peaceful 2021.”
In the church, when Patriarch Kirill – the head of the Russian Orthodox Church – claimed that “Christ has been resurrected,” Putin did not agree with other members of the congregation to respond that he was “really resurrected,” according to Reuters.
In the video, Putin, who is usually stoic and firm, was shown blinking, shaking and biting his lip. Some interpreted it as a sign of his wartime state of mind, while others said it could affect Parkinson’s disease.
“I am convinced that he is a sick man with the most credible diagnosis of early Parkinson’s with a lot of medical advice,” said Gwythian Prins, a former government defense and NATO adviser, who appeared at Good Morning Britain over the weekend.
“By the way, I live with a clinical neurological psychologist — my wife — and she has spent 30 years treating people with degenerative brain disease.”
According to him, people living with Parkinson’s often show “thinking of everything or anything” where they are uninhibited so that they do not take information rationally.
Putin’s visit to the Holy Week has been falsified, according to health figures, when Putin was seen sitting in front of Defense Minister Shoigu, who was uncomfortable in his eyes, and he was thrilled to read a document.
Putin’s bad attitude and seemingly fueled speculation about the health of the Russian leader, whose face and neck were swollen, have been in decline since he invaded Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the Russian leader’s misbehavior and his face and neck were apparently swollen in a video of him sitting in front of Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu last week, sparking further speculation about Putin’s health.
Shoigu, who is in charge of the bloody invasion of Ukraine, has been left out of the picture, with the Defense Minister and Putin’s relationship strained due to heavy losses of Russian troops.
Swedish economist Anders Aslund, a former adviser to Ukraine and Russia, said the video shows Putin and Shoigu “depressed and apparently in poor health.”
Shoigu does not appear to have performed better than Putin in the eight weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, after the Defense Minister confused his words and read his remarks after an apparent heart attack.
Last week, a Russian-Israeli businessman said Shoig had a heart attack and suspected it was caused by a dirty game.
Leonid Nevzlin said Shoigu was in an intensive car after suffering a “terrible heart attack” that “could not have happened due to natural causes,” and suggested that Putin’s longtime ally could be the subject of an assassination attempt.
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