A research paper published last Monday in the British Medical Journal written by a group of neurologists has found that Russian President Vladimir Putin walks with a distinctive 'Gunslinger's Gait'.
This walk is described as a reduced swing in the right arm.
The neurologists who specialize in analyzing postures have noted the gait when they watched videos of the Russian leader where he showed normal swing in his left arm but his right hand barely moved.
Normally such movement is a sign of Parkinson's disease but the neurologists behind the paper found no other signs or symptoms in Putin, and have also noted his excellent motor skills and coordination. These skills are particularly evident when he participates in favorite sports like Judo or Hockey.
Later the researchers infer that this distinctive walk may be a result of his KGB training. Referring to an old Soviet manual they translated, it bore instructions that operatives were to keep their gun in their right hand close to their chest and then move forward with one side. This was to make sure that agents will be able to draw their weapon as quickly as possible when faced by an adversary.
To test out this theory they checked on videos of other Russian government officials with KGB backgrounds. They found that their theory was correct, the 'Gunslinger's Gait' was also present among this men.
Surprisingly though, this distinctive walk is also used by Former Russian President and now current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who had no connections to the KGB nor even underwent military training.
However, researchers have offered the possibility that he may be trying to imitate his boss. "Substantial evidence suggests that Medvedev is being coached to sound, look, and importantly, walk like the president," the study says.
Look out for anyone near you with this kind of walk, it might just turn out that they are Russian spies.