Rumours surround background to Putin 'limp'

Spokesman denies claims Russian president aggravated old injury hang-gliding with cranes.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is known for sporty publicity stunts, but his September flight on a hang-glider with some Siberian cranes is now raising questions.

    Some observers report the president walking with a limp, leading Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, to deny claims that he may have aggravated an old injury. 

    A number of official trips have been postponed or cancelled, leaving many Russians wondering whether there is something seriously wrong with Putin.

    Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Moscow.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.