Russian pundit who claimed Putin is ‘seriously’ ill arrested: Report
Russian authorities have arrested Valery Solovey who said that President Vladimir Putin was suffering from serious health complications, and was under pressure to resign from his post. In 2016, he had made the same claim about Putin’s health.
According to local paper Fontaka, he has been arrested for attending a meeting for his ‘Peremen’ opposition movement in which COVID norms were flouted. The meeting witnessed clashes between his group and one other.
However, Valery said that he was merely walking past the rally when he was stopped by the activists for questions.
In a meeting with a Ukrainian writer he had claimed that Putin was part of an international shadowy group that was stronger than FSB(Russia’s premier security agency), more stronger than SVR(Russia’s foreign intelligence agency), more stronger than GRU(Russia’s military intelligence).
It was last month that news began to spread that President Putin was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and was being persuaded by his two daughters and partner Alina Kabaeva to leave the position.
The news got more traction as the Russian Parliament’s legislative committee passed a bill that granted former President lifelong immunity from prosecution and would bar any authority from searching their residences, communications and documents.