First Trump and now Putin, things are looking up all over the world. 

Courtesy of the New York Post

Vladimir Putin is planning to step down next year as speculation swirls in Russia that the longtime president may have Parkinson’s disease, a report said Thursday.

Moscow political scientist Valery Solovei told the Sun that the Russian strongman’s 37-year-old girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and his two daughters are pushing him to leave office.

“There is a family, it has a great influence on him. He intends to make public his handover plans in January,” Solovei told the news outlet.

Solovei also suggested Putin may be suffering from Parkinson’s as the president has been seen recently exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

Putin recently appeared to be in agony while appearing to constantly shift his legs, according to footage reviewed by an observer, the Sun reported.

Reviewed footage also appeared to show his fingers twitching as he held a cup that possibly contained medicine, the report said.

As usual, we should always take news coming out of Russia with a grain of salt. 

Sure Putin might be leaving office due to illness, or perhaps it is simply a broken heart over the defeat of his puppet in the United States. 

It does not really matter, gone is gone. 

Unless of course, Putin continues to manipulate the government from the sidelines as he has so many times in the past. 

I guess time will tell if this is reason for celebration or just another cagey Putin manipulation.