When you think of Russia, you can't help but immediately think of its infamous leader, Vladimir Putin.
Imagining Russia without Putin seems almost impossible, but a recent report indicates that this might soon become a reality.
Speculation by many paints a surprising picture. Allegedly, Putin wants to step down as the leader of the massive country next year.
This comes as there are also rumors that the Russian President is ill and may even have Parkinson's Disease.
According to Valery Solovei, a political scientist, Putin's girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and his two daughters want him to leave the Presidental office.
Solovei is also certain that a new Prime Minister will soon be chosen. He will then be 'groomed' by Putin to take over from him.
If the word on the street is accurate, Putin will announce his retirement in January 2021.
Solovei thinks that Putin may have Parkinson's Disease because he recently showed symptoms of this movement disorder.
News reports indicate that Putin seemed to be in pain while constantly shifting his legs.
Apparently, footage reviewed by an onlooker revealed the strange behavior.
This footage also allegedly shows the 68-year-old's fingers twitching while he holds a cup. The cup might very well have contained medicine.
People have also noted that Putin seems to have developed a 'gunslinger's gait.'
This way of walking happens when the right arm's swing is reduced compared to the way the left arm swings.
It is a feature that many health experts closely associate with Parkinson's Disease.
While it is possible that Putin's steely grip on Russia could soon be over, it also seems that he is thinking ahead.
Russian legal eagles are looking at legislation that the President proposed earlier.
This legislature will give former presidents lifetime immunity from any criminal prosecution.
As a result, Putin will be safe from any legal action taken based on allegations of corruption against him.
Accusations of being corrupt have been made against the Russian leader for many years, starting in the 1990s.
Marina Salye, a politician and dissident, has claimed that Putin embezzled millions of pounds from St Petersburg.
No official investigation ever realised though.
This law would also protect Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's former president. He raised eyebrows when he suddenly gained a massive fortune with yachts, a vineyard, and fancy villas in 2012 when his presidency ended.
However, The Kremlin denies any truth to the claims of disease and retirement.
Deputy Chief of Staff and spokesperson for Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov insists that Putin is very healthy.
He added that speculation of Parkinson's Disease is nonsense.
Perhaps only time will tell what really happens behind closed doors and whether Putin will retire next year or not.