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If you saw the rumours the other day about King Charles’ security team potentially having fake hands – or even guns disguised as umbrellas – then you might be interested to hear another fascinating theory about them. You can see what we’re going to be talking about in the below video:
As you’ll notice, King Charles’ security man there – aside from looking like an absolute badass – has a very pronounced way of walking, moving his left arm as normal, but keeping his right arm down by his side.
You see, before Putin was in charge of Russia, he was a member of the Soviet security agency, the KGB.
What’s more, Vlad also has a very pronounced gait that sees him keep his right arm dead still by his side even though he moves his left arm.
An article from a few years back unearthed a KGB manual that seemed to suggest that Putin and other KGB members may have been conditioned to walk like that so that their gun-holding hand is always free to reach for a firearm as quickly as possible.
Back in 2015, a professor of neurology called Bastiaan Bloem clocked on that Putin always walked moving his left arm whilst his right arm remained dead still.
The professor, who is a specialist in movement disorders, said that whilst some considered the idea he might have Parkinson’s disease, they quickly discovered another potential hypothesis.
In the British Medical Journal, Bloem and his colleagues wrote: “Searching for possible explanations, we encountered a training manual of the former Russian KGB.
“According to this manual, KGB operatives were instructed to keep their weapon in their right hand close to their chest and to move forward with one side, usually the left, presumably allowing subjects to draw the gun as quickly as possible when confronted with a foe.”
It wasn’t just Putin, either.
They noticed the same thing in two Russian defence ministers, as well as Putin’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and one of the Russian armed forces commanders.
Now, we’ve spotted it in King Charles’ security team, too.
The scientists continued: “We propose that this new gait pattern, which we term ‘gunslinger’s gait,’ may result from a behavioural adaptation, possibly triggered by KGB or other forms of weapons training where trainees are taught to keep their right hand close to the chest while walking, allowing them to quickly draw a gun when faced with a foe.”
So, there you have it.
Whilst we can’t be certain whether this is actually the case with the King’s security team, nor even with Vladimir Putin, it’s definitely a compelling theory and would explain why they all exhibit this behaviour.
It’s probably more likely than guns disguised as umbrellas, anyway.