Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of Russia;s President called U.S media reports on Putin’s having a form of autism ‘perfect nonsense that is not worth commenting’, gazeta.ru says.
A study prepared by a Pentagon think tank in 2008 theorizes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome, ‘an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions’, USA Today’s reporter Ray Locker, who was allowed to take a look at the study, said.
Researchers can’t prove their theory about Putin and Asperger’s, the report said, because they were not able to perform a brain scan on the Russian president. The report cites work by autism specialists as backing their findings. It is not known whether the research has been acted on by Pentagon or administration officials.
The 2008 report cites Dr. Stephen Porges, who is now a University of North Carolina psychiatry professor, as concluding that ‘Putin carries a form of autism.’ However, Porges said Wednesday he had never seen the finished report and ‘would back off saying he has Asperger’s’, USA Today stresses.
Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism marked by difficulties in social interaction, nonverbal communication and cognitive flexibility. Its sufferers often display a lack of empathy, impaired imagination, difficulty in making friends, intense absorption in a special interest.