Russian Politicians sillywalk like Gunslingers

Wissenschaftler an irgendeinem Ministerium für Silly Walks haben eine Theorie über den seltsamen Gang vieler russischer Bürokraten inklusive Putin und Medvedev. Die Herren haben einen reduzierten Schwung des rechten Arms, was eigentlich auf eine Parkinson-Erkrankung hindeutet. Da sich dieser Silly Walk bei mehreren russischen Politikern findet, ziehen sie eine weitere Möglichkeit in Betracht: KGB-Training für Schützen.

Experts have discovered a new gait pattern among several well-known top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The authors term this "gunslinger's gait" because it may be triggered by KGB or other forms of weaponry training. The gait features a consistently reduced right-sided arm swing, highlighted in rich and compelling video material that accompanies the paper […].

Movement disorders enthusiasts [!] Professor Bas Bloem and colleagues often scrutinize the way people walk - and were struck to find several YouTube videos of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, showing a clearly reduced right-sided arm swing on a series of different occasions. Reduced arm swing can be a sign of early Parkinson's disease, raising the question whether Putin - and the other Russian top officials - might all be in an early phase of this disease too.

Searching for other possible explanations, the team encountered a training manual of the former Russian KGB, giving the following instruction on how operatives should move in the field: "When moving, it is absolutely necessary to keep your weapon against the chest or in the right hand. Moving forward should be done with one side, usually the left, turned somewhat in the direction of movement."