Researchers from a Pentagon think tank believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.
That is according to a 2008 report and a 2011 study that was obtained by USA Today through an open-records request.
According to USA Today the 2008 report monitored Putin’s movements and concluded that “very early in life perhaps, even in utero, Putin suffered a huge hemispheric event to the left temporal lobe of the prefrontal cortex, which involves both central and peripheral nervous systems, gross motor functioning on his right side (head, rib cage, arm and leg) and his micro facial expression, eye gaze, hearing and voice and general affect.”
But the Pentagon has played down the issue, saying neither the report nor the study were read by any top decision makers.
According to AFP, when news of the Putin Asperger’s syndrome theory made its way to Moscow, Putin’s spokesman said: “That is stupidity not worthy of comment.”
See the video above for more on this odd bit of news where they raise the interesting point that:
Putin may just be shy!
Here’s a brief definition of the condition: Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects how the brain processes information. It shapes a person’s social, emotional and communication skills, and behaviors. Asperger’s syndrome usually becomes obvious during childhood and remains throughout life, with varying degrees of disability.