Ukraine promotes Putin’s double body theory

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been deploying body doubles in recent public outings to hide health problems, said a Ukrainian military official who claimed the decoys have different ears than the strongman.

Ukrainian military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov suggested on Ukrainian television this week that Putin’s ears looked different in several of the leader’s public appearances.

“The image, let’s say, of the ears, is different. And it’s like a fingerprint, the image of each person’s ear is unique. It cannot be repeated,” she said, according to a Newsweek account of Ukrainian television.

But Budanov said that was not all that was wrong.

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Putin has been rumored to have a body double for years.
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Putin is rumored to be seriously ill, although Russia has denied the claims.
Putin is rumored to be seriously ill, although Russia has denied the claims.
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“They [Putin’s body doubles] they have different habits, different gestures, different walks, sometimes even different heights, if you look closely,” he said.

Budanov’s theory of body doubles, however, was not the first time the rumor had been floated.

The International Business Times called it “one of the most unusual conspiracy theories” in 2018, when a Twitter user cited three photos of Putin over time to suggest the former KGB spy was, in fact, three different people. .

The Ukrainian leader suggested that Putin could be played by three different actors.
The Ukrainian leader suggested that Putin could be played by three different actors.
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Major General Kyrylo Budanov speaks during an interview.
Ukraine’s military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov believes that Vladimir Putin is using body doubles.
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Budanov this week explained the alleged use of body doubles by pointing to widespread speculation that the Russian leader is seriously ill.

But the CIA chief, as well as Britain’s MI6 chief, recently cast doubt on those reports, telling the Aspen Security Forum last month that the Russian leader appears to be in good health.

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