Date
19 August 2017
Vladimir Putin has a form of autism that affects his decisions. His obsession with authority is a way of overcompensating for his condition, according to a Pentagon think tank. Photo: Reuters
Vladimir Putin has a form of autism that affects his decisions. His obsession with authority is a way of overcompensating for his condition, according to a Pentagon think tank. Photo: Reuters

Pentagon think tank: Putin authoritarian obsession due to autism

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a neurological disorder that affects his decisions, according to The Independent.

Putin’s obsession with “extreme control” is a way of overcompensating for his condition, the report said, citing a Pentagon think tank.

The Office of Net Assessment, a Pentagon unit, published the findings in 2008 and 2011 in which it concluded that Putin has “an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions”.

Brenda Connors, an expert in movement pattern analysis at the US Naval War College in Newport said Putin “carries a neurological abnormality”.

The think tank concluded that Putin’s “neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy” after studying him in videos.

The study cites Dr. Stephen Porges who concluded that “Putin carries a form of autism”.

However, Porges has since said he has never seen the finished report and warned Connor’s team should back off.

“This kind of speculative diagnosis is fraught with risks and is unhelpful,” Jane Harris, director of External Affairs and Social Change at Britain’s National Autistic Society, said.

“Autism is a complex condition and a diagnosis should only ever be made following a thorough, holistic face-to-face process involving both the individual and the diagnostician.”

The Pentagon think tank was created in 1973 by the Nixon administration.

Its Facebook page says ONA “develops and coordinates net assessments of the standing trends, and future prospects of US military capabilities and potential, in comparison with those of other countries or groups of countries, so as to identify emerging or future threats or opportunities for the United States”.

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