Study printed within the British Medical Journal hyperlinks Russian president’s ‘gunslinger gait’ along with his time within the Soviet safety company. RFE/RL experiences
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Wed 16 Dec 2015 07.11 EST Last modified on Wed 20 Sep 2017 14.37 EDT
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A crew of European neurologists says in a brand new examine that Russian president Vladimir Putin walks with a peculiar “gunslinger’s gait”.
The examine, printed on Tuesday by the British Medical Journal, notes that Putin has proven a “clearly reduced right-sided arm swing”, probably associated to weapons coaching he acquired when he was a part of the Soviet KGB.
Citing a KGB coaching handbook they obtained, the researchers recommend that his type of strolling is linked to coaching he underwent within the feared safety company, the place he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel earlier than retiring on the twilight of the Soviet Union.
“According to this manual, KGB operatives were instructed to keep their weapon in their right hand close to their chest and to move forward with one side, usually the left, presumably allowing subjects to draw the gun as quickly as possible when confronted with a foe,” the researchers, based mostly in Portugal, Italy, and the Netherlands, wrote.
To check their speculation, the neurologists studied YouTube movies of different Russian officers.
Bastiaan Bloem, a professor of motion dysfunction neurology at Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, who led the examine, mentioned his crew was “stunned” by what they noticed.
They discovered the identical attribute stroll in Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in former Russian protection minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Sergei Ivanov, and in senior Russian navy commander Anatoly Sidorov.
Like Putin, Ivanov is a former KGB officer who served in Europe throughout the Cold War. Serdyukov and Sidorov each acquired navy coaching, the researchers declare.
The outlier on this group is Medvedev, a lawyer by coaching who has no clear ties to the KGB and didn’t serve within the navy, although he’s thought to have undergone transient reservist coaching throughout his college years.
Since Putin handpicked him to function president from 2008-12 – between Putin’s second and third phrases – Medvedev’s physique language has typically resembled that of his mentor, as has the cadence of his speech.
Citing western media experiences, the researchers write that “substantial evidence suggests that Medvedev is being coached to sound, look, and importantly, walk like the president.”
The examine asserts that Putin’s asymmetrical arm swing is probably going “a behavioural adaptation resulting from military or intelligence training.”
Bloem conceded that his researchers would not have entry to Putin’s medical information or his docs. But he mentioned Putin’s uncommon stroll is the topic of a small however rising debate amongst medical specialists.