Russia Denies Report Claiming Putin Plans to Step Down Next Year Over Health Concerns

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with members of the Security Council in Moscow today. (Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via Reuters)

The Kremlin threw cold water Friday on a report that Vladimir Putin plans to step down next year amid speculation that he may be suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

British tabloid The Sun on Thursday cited Moscow political pundit Valery Solovei as saying that the longtime strongman’s 37-year-old gal pal Alina Kabaeva and his two daughters are pushing him to leave office.

“It’s absolute nonsense,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday, Reuters reported. “Everything is fine with the president.”

Asked if Putin was planning to soon step down as Solovei had suggested, Peskov said flatly: “No.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Yaron Steinbuch