Why Does Vladimir Putin Walk So Weird?

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While there is no single correct way to walk,
most of us have a gait where we swing each arm forward when its opposing leg moves forward;
likewise, as with the length of the stride, which is generally the same for both legs,
the distance of the arm swing is usually about the same for both the left and right arms. While exactly why humans do this hasn’t
yet been definitively proven (with the most popular theory being that, while not essential,
it’s mostly about improving balance and decreasing angular momentum of the body),
the fact remains that this is how the vast majority of humans all over the world walk… But not so with Vladimir Putin, President
of the Russian Federation. For those who’ve never seen Putin’s rather
odd walk, as is more common, when Putin walks, his left arm swings freely forward with his
right leg stride. However, when his left leg strides forward,
his right arm barely moves at all, remaining nearly still and close to his torso. This has resulted in some idly speculating
that maybe there is some neurological cause for the gait, perhaps even a sign of Putin
being in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, as reduced arm swing is a potential
early indicator (though generally with tremors in the limb or other such additional indicators
as well). (Incidentally: The Man Who Parkinson’s Disease
is Named After Was Implicated in a Plot to Assassinate King George III.) Others have speculated Erb’s palsy or even
a minor stroke might be the underlying cause. The problem with all of these hypotheses is
that Putin not only has full use of his right arm and hand for day to day activities like
writing, eating, etc., but even likes to show off his prodigious Judo skills, as well as
strength in weightlifting. In both cases, the right hand and arm seemingly
show no sign of weakness, tremors, etc. Combined with the fact that Putin’s had
this gait for many years without change, this all seemingly rules out any of the aforementioned
potential causes. So what’s going on? Well, thankfully as Putin himself has never
commented on it as far as we can find, a team of doctors, led by movement disorder specialist
Dr. Bastiaan Bloem, decided to look into the matter, publishing their paper on the subject
in the British Medical Journal in 2015. In it, they came up with an intriguing and
quite probable hypothesis as to why Putin walks this way. In their paper, titled “Gunslinger’s gait”:
a new cause of unilaterally reduced arm swing, They noted that Putin was once a long-time
member of the Soviet Union security agency known as the KGB (1975-1991). (In fact, he eventually rose to the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel within that organization before leaving it during the brief August
Coup attempt against President Mikhail Gorbachev.) Showing off their research skills, the doctors
dug up the book, KGB Alpha Team training manual, which, if you go read through that manual,
contains the following text (Chapter 2) concerning the proper way to move: …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. You should crouch to stay concealed. Lean the body forward slight and keep the
knees bent. While Putin forgoes crouching and the like
when walking around in public, his gait otherwise very much mimics the one recommended in the
training manual, with presumably his right hand staying mostly stationary at his side
holding an imaginary gun or otherwise prepared to draw such a non-existent weapon at need. In other words, perhaps because it was so
grilled into him in training, or simply because he thinks it looks cool when he’s walking
with that so-called “gunslinger’s gait,” he seems to have chosen to keep the walk long
after his KGB days ended. Now, on its own this reference in the training
manual doesn’t definitively prove anything. It’s still just speculation by the doctors
in question. To give more credence to their hypothesis,
the researchers presumed that if it was really the KGB training that cause this peculiar
walk, Putin wouldn’t be the only one that walked this way. Thus, they examined the walks of other Russian
military and/or former KGB officers, finding several Russian officials today that also
displayed the seemingly bizarre walk. Most notable among this group are Prime Minister
Dmitry Medvedev, former ministers of defense Anatoly Serdyukov and Sergei Ivanov, and a
military commander of high rank, Anatoly Sidorov. Like Putin, Ivanov was a KGB official, and
thus this seemingly supported the hypothesis that strict adherence to KGB training led
to Putin’s now lifelong habit of walking with one arm more or less fixed at his side
and body ever so slightly turned. In addition, although not KGB, Sidorov was
a member of the Russian military and Serdyukov had served at least one year in the Soviet
Army where this particular type of movement was similarly taught. In all of these cases, these individual’s
walks aren’t quite as extreme as Putin’s can sometimes be, but they definitely display
the same basic pattern of movement. The one that doesn’t fit the mold, however,
is Medvedev, who has no direct links to the military or intelligence services, but still
walks this way at times. That said, in his case, he seems to have very
actively been coached to mimic Putin’s iconic walk, expressions, and even speech patterns
during the process of being groomed to potentially follow Putin as President, which he subsequently
did from 2008-2012. Of course, without confirmation from Putin
himself, nobody can really know why he walks this way, but given the lack of any other
signs of a neurological issue that might cause such a gait, that the movement pattern is
described well in the KGB training manual, and that at least some other ex-KGB operatives
also display a similar walk, this certainly seems like the most compelling hypothesis
anyone’s come up with so far.


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woodyfive0 · September 22, 2019 at 3:12 pm

All about ready to grab a firearm

Donval Harris · September 23, 2019 at 2:32 am

I'd assume it's due to muscle memory after years of training and practice his body just naturally moves that way.

MrLennybach · September 23, 2019 at 1:51 pm

From his military training and certain marching styles

I love Serial killers · September 24, 2019 at 4:15 am

I trust Putin. Filthy45 not so much

Tim Lols · September 24, 2019 at 6:04 am

Are you kidding me. You dont show the walk?

Farouk Tamer · September 24, 2019 at 10:31 am

Why is the like/dislike ratio this bad?

Qasper · September 24, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Thanks youtube, I watched it, now stop showing me this absolute garbage content.

Dan Meyers · September 25, 2019 at 11:58 am

Ok so when will you do an interesting video again?

blek-manki · September 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm

not surprising he was A kgb so nature keeps referring to his holster

Hypocrites Pun · September 25, 2019 at 4:12 pm

I like how he walks😍😋🙃

Baby Boy · September 25, 2019 at 6:54 pm

He doesn't walk weirdly–he walks like a fucking alpha male from Eastern Europe–something you pussified western men will never understand–feminism has pussified you to the point of no return there at the west.

Nails077 · September 26, 2019 at 9:46 am

His pants are too big. He keeps one hand there to hold them up.

MiChAeL MaXweLL · September 27, 2019 at 6:45 am

Extremely lame no video of him walking c'mon man GTFOH

Jonathan Eckart · September 27, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Because Vladimir be Tutin

John Snow Kumar · September 28, 2019 at 2:50 am

Way too many theories. nothing to do with intelligence training; Wierd walk was not because of his gun. He had a desk job from the time Vlad was posted in Germany. His gun was taken away by KGB when it became evident to his peers and seniors that he was often asking out East German single women of his age for judo training and for golf and coffee. His ex wife say Vlad has one of the worse golf swings in the history of man-kind. As he performed well in promotional exams similar to American police station promotional exams, he was never fired. It may be some neurological problem, his limited swing of the right hand while walking.

James Hickok · September 28, 2019 at 9:51 am

Probably because with his KGB training, he is always ready to draw his weapon.

ncat boiz · September 28, 2019 at 10:08 am

His got that strap lad dw about that

Lonny Bush · September 28, 2019 at 5:02 pm

WHO really cares!!! Lame video.

baits · September 28, 2019 at 8:28 pm

when you've got secret documents shoved down your pant's how would you be walking .

Matthew Burrell · September 29, 2019 at 8:26 am

Simon, all I want to know is.. Where did you buy that exceptional white button up shirt?

Aaron Moots · September 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Super dorky here, but the protagonists of “Star Wars, the force unleashed” walks in a way that is consistent with the KGB’s instructions. It’s so interesting to see this “gunslinger” walk implemented in modern media / games – it seems to suggest that there’s a natural (ingrained) fear of someone walking in a way that exhibits aggressive tendencies or intentions.

DT Undercover · September 29, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Its obviously from military service… marching with a rifle in the right hand…

Kevin Rath · September 29, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Because his Right hand always ready for pull a gun

Juggernaut Productions · September 29, 2019 at 11:57 pm

1 minute in and I know the reason it's because he is right handed and he used to bring guns. I wont watch the rest since the comments said no video was shown of him walking at all.

Orbital Jellyfish · September 30, 2019 at 3:31 am

Walkin with that gangsta limp

Grilling with Jay · October 2, 2019 at 9:59 am

Thanks training lol. I’m sure KGB training to be quite strict and thus a life long habit, turning even one’s gait into an obsessive compulsive disorder.

Jimmy T · October 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm

LMFAO….Why are you so Skinny and Funny looking . You should look in the mirror before opening your mouth . I personally would like to meet a man of Putin's stature .

AUDE SAPERE · October 3, 2019 at 6:21 am

The second this started i said it's cause of where his weapon was held

ex ility · October 4, 2019 at 9:50 pm

Uuuuuuh pls he was in the KGB training and always his hand has to be always on his gun holster that's why

Michael Walsh · October 5, 2019 at 5:06 am

If you sported testes with the specific gravity of depleted uranium, your gait would be a bit 'weird' as well, laddie.

Lee Steal · October 8, 2019 at 12:30 am

He walks like that because he has a weapon in him.

R Cote · October 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm

I was going to guess it was because he broke his dick off in trump's ass. Threw his balance off.

N Neichan · October 11, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Putin also has trouble standing up from the mat after Judo. Not all the time, but it is noticeable from time to time. He definitely has the Gunslinger's Gait all the time.

Scott · October 11, 2019 at 11:38 pm

He probably still carries a weapon.

scp lover ' · October 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm

I am confused. Why is this video so disliked?

Chris Macphail · October 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

i hate your voice simon

Five's · October 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm

Weird? It’s called boss moves

gabircik · October 13, 2019 at 10:07 pm

I fucking came to see how Putin walks but there's nothing else than this annoying guy speaking. :/

Bryan Slankster · October 14, 2019 at 9:42 am

I have the same problem. Motorcycle accident for me.

A Fig · October 14, 2019 at 9:37 pm

Because he's a c*nt.

A Fig · October 14, 2019 at 9:42 pm

F*ck the russians. Let em' "gunslinger's walk" into a f*cking wood chipper.

Fuck You · October 14, 2019 at 10:21 pm

Join the military and you will find out why

Hailo Trumpaline · October 15, 2019 at 7:06 am

Gun underneath!

PW · October 15, 2019 at 8:31 am

What a load of crap

Nuno Anjo · October 16, 2019 at 7:14 pm

Jealus of putin

dildos go uwu · October 17, 2019 at 2:18 pm

what if he just wants to look cool

realomon · October 18, 2019 at 11:48 am

side arm

Danny Isambard · October 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Because he can as he's probably one of the richest and most powerful men on earth

Joy B · October 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Wouldn't that be a difficult thing for any member of the KGB to be a spy as foreign intelligence can spot them by the way they walk?

Condor · October 20, 2019 at 5:36 pm

This is just clickbait, nice.

cobrellie · October 22, 2019 at 1:04 am

Crap video, don't even get to see Putin walking

Drr Dank · October 22, 2019 at 2:39 pm

It's hard not to respect that the president of the toughest part of the world has a literal gun slingers walk. He's a bad ass

Sandy Bathwater · October 26, 2019 at 4:20 am

It seems like the sort of thing he would explain if asked.

Rachel Brown · October 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Okay what if he just likes to walk with one arm to his side. 🤷

Theodisc · October 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm

Ministry of Fucked-Up Walks over here after a joint to the point of pointing with feet when having to traverse road at a ped crossing in front of supposedly studying waiting motorists. So I stopped smoking it twenty years ago.
Btw Simon, I love your uploads and your Standard English accent, but sometimes whoever writes for you sends you off on some overly discognitive sujet matter tangents in regards to the titled -sujet_ of said videos, in all of its over overed glory. I wonder whether there is only one of them writing with little editing or outside input for flow.
You also must be aware that your very descriptive limb emotings, which are all good. are leaving you open to having Trey Parker add you as the threesome for Terrence and Philip. (viewers pitch up the feed speed for examples, lol).

News that matter · October 28, 2019 at 7:25 am

I copy his walk.

YaSh RaJ · October 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm

You know you're so stupid .

Daniel Brown · October 28, 2019 at 6:37 pm

Conditioning. Fucking DUH!

lagitanavderoscio · October 30, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Putin is gorgeous as is Medeyev

lagitanavderoscio · October 30, 2019 at 3:40 pm

So is Simon😁

Mick Priestley · October 30, 2019 at 6:32 pm

It's because he has Trump stuck up his butt

daniel spell · October 30, 2019 at 11:14 pm

What If you walk on your own
Toes and don't swing your arms
While walking ?

ashish pandey · October 31, 2019 at 9:41 pm

putin: walks
Britain : time for another video

Robert Winiarski · November 1, 2019 at 1:07 am

he has the Glock under the suit jamper..24 bullets,guy

Criss Mullen · November 1, 2019 at 2:51 am

He has a stick up his butt???

Consistent Mindzet · November 2, 2019 at 3:44 am

You the weirdo not Putin 😆

Surprize Toyz Collector · November 2, 2019 at 7:58 am

Because he is Vladimir Putin !

BUX BE · November 3, 2019 at 3:30 am

He's powertripping.

DragNetJoe · November 3, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Nope. Referencing the Alpha Team training manual that discussion that was quoted was specifically for "Moving at Night". In makes absolutely ZERO sense that the KGB would want agents to move like this all the time as it would clearly telegraph who had KGB training.

Joker's Show · November 4, 2019 at 9:15 am

I walk exactly the same as Vladimir putin. I'm proud.

Ovidiu Mihai · November 5, 2019 at 3:51 am

could be some mild neorological reasons or traits that can lead to it! like heightened ability to concentrate, being too self concious, not so usual spatial awareness, perfectionist etc… these lead to physical tension which is normal for a great deal of people and believe it or not it improves dexterity.

Delight Savino · November 6, 2019 at 4:54 pm

He is armed!

pavan kumar · November 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm

Well West and its media is clearly not able to digest the fact that putin the Russian president is an alpha male

Baathism Arab Unity · November 7, 2019 at 2:34 pm

We walks weird because his big massive balls.

the facts · November 7, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Haha Putin is carrying a gun that's why he walks that way

Kiana Henry · November 8, 2019 at 10:37 am

Putin is the Boss

Percival Gallimore · November 8, 2019 at 11:53 am

Putin walk like a ragamuffin

Selva VRV · November 9, 2019 at 12:25 am

This guy can talk about shit for a long time

MIZ. SHE · November 9, 2019 at 2:31 am

-And not walking like a enormously obese hulkish zombie??? Oh that's right, everthing thump does is perfect like his Unkraine call. Worry about the health of your present potus. He may be in the early stages of Parkinson's just because he has a 'boss walk.

lissa leggs · November 9, 2019 at 3:21 am

He walks like he has 2/4 stuck up his ass.

Sai · November 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm

I walk like that from childhood

Nicolae Popovici · November 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Stop talking and show something.

Tommy Øien Hansen · November 11, 2019 at 1:56 am