Hidden clues in Putin’s bizarre doodle show how tyrant is cracking up under the pressure of Wagner coup, says expert

VLADIMIR Putin has taken a break from purging his generals after the Wagner coup to draw a bizarre — and perhaps — revealing doodle.

The Russian President was photographed drawing the cartoon smiley face on a whiteboard while visiting a technology exhibition in Moscow.

Putin took part in the Strong Ideas for a New Era forum in Moscow on Thursday


Putin took part in the Strong Ideas for a New Era forum in Moscow on ThursdayPhoto credit: EPA
He was photographed drawing a bizarre figure on a whiteboard that an expert has now deciphered


He was photographed drawing a bizarre figure on a whiteboard that an expert has now decipheredPhoto credit: EPA
Tracey Trussell says his drawing exposes a'paranoid, depressed and anxious leader'


Tracey Trussell says his drawing exposes a ‘paranoid, depressed and anxious leader’Photo credit: EPA

Created by the bully on the Strong Ideas For A New Time forum, the odd-looking character left viewers amazed at what she could represent.

A leading graphologist and Doodle expert Tracey Trusell says his drawing exposes a paranoid, depressed, and anxious leader as the drawing style “engages with our subconscious and releases all the repressed thoughts and emotions pouring out of the back of our minds.”

“Doodling allows us to switch off and relieve stress and tension. It helps us process difficult emotions. It’s also deep thinking in disguise, because it helps us focus and clear our heads and potentially evoke aha moments — like a brainstorming device,” she said.

The “wide open” eyes

Trussell explained that the large, right-facing eyes give a glimpse of Putin’s “forward planning.”

“The big, wide open eyes are alert and wary – they’re about seeing and being seen – but they also symbolize the paranoia of being watched,” she added.

And according to the expert, the “simple diagonal lines” for the eyebrows also represent strength.

The “square grin”

Although the cartoon style of a smiling face “gives the impression of a man trying to convey friendliness and a sense of humor – someone determined to remain optimistic – someone who wants to appear folksy – someone who is warm-hearted “is talkative and empathetic,” the drawing’s smile betrays a darker meaning, according to the expert.

“The smiling mouth has a square grin or tick in the corner that betrays its tenacity, now mixed with fear and impatience,” she said.

The vertical wavy lines

In the bizarre Spongebob sketch, Putin incorporated random squiggles to frame the face.

Trussell explained that this shows “how easily Putin’s position can adapt and change because he is quick-thinking and evasive.”

“But at the same time, these lines also hint at signs of tension, strain and anxiety, and suggest that Putin is struggling to cope and may be starting to break down,” she added.

The wavy lines add to the clutter of the drawing, which in itself tells us that “Putin is feeling stressed and under pressure.”

The shape of the face

The expert revealed that the fact that his head is pointing straight ahead could have a lot of significance for his current state of mind.

“The face is full frontal and quite large, suggesting confidence and a self-absorbed, attention-seeking nature.”

“This is about who he is – in terms of rank, dignity and prestige – and he’s completely self-centered and narcissistic.”

The use of red pencil

The bully drew his bizarre cartoon in red ink, which could reveal hidden secrets surrounding his behavior, the expert claimed.

“The use of a red pencil is also meaningful and shows how brave and passionate Putin is about his cause and how brave, impulsive and impatient he can be,” Trussell said.

In addition to these characteristics, the graphologist emphasized that the hooked nose symbolizes perseverance, determination and stubbornness and that “caricature can also hide sadness and show how the draftsman tries to put a brave face on things”.

The clip of the Russian President drawing his character went viral on social media, with many users hysterical and offering suggestions as to what the cartoon might be about.

One Twitter user wrote: “A wet sponge? His self-portrait?”

Another said: “The drawing says, ‘I’m an old man, I’ve lost my mind’.”

A third commented, “Sponge Bobski?”

“I thought it was SpongeBob until he put on the big ears,” wrote another user.

Another added: “He’s not a Picasso.”

It’s not the first time the Russian leader has stunned people with his artistic skills, after publicly drawing while visiting school in 2013, claiming: “It’s a cat. The rear view.”

Recently, suspicions have also been raised over Vladimir Putin’s alleged use of body doubles after a wax figure-like selfie of him surfaced.

The Russian president looked eerily rigid as he shared a moment’s smile with his longtime pal, Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov on Tuesday.

Putin’s stiff and plastic looks have prompted plenty of speculation — and some comparisons to a Madame Tussauds model, too.

He met with his buddy Kadyrov just before he gave an address to his troops after the Wagner group coup.

Late on June 23, chaos erupted on Russia’s southern borders when Wagnerian forces seized control of Rostov-on-Don in a bloodless takeover.

On Saturday they stormed the M4 motorway and took control of military installations in the Rostov and Voronezh regions as they approached the capital.

Anticipating a city war, Russia responded by planting cement mixers on the streets of Moscow and erecting defensive lines across major bridges leading into the capital.

Mercenaries from the private military company were just 120 miles outside Moscow when they laid down their arms late Saturday and returned to their “bases” on orders.

Prighozin – who has since fled to Belarus – blamed an alleged Russian airstrike on Wagner troops in Ukraine for his decision to mutiny.

The Wagner boss said: “We started our march because of an injustice. We went to demonstrate our protest and not to overthrow power in the country.”

“The aim of the march was to prevent the destruction of Wagner and to hold officials accountable for numerous mistakes through their unprofessional actions.

“Society demanded it.”

But in his speech on Monday, Putin claimed to be in control, groundlessly accusing the West of being behind the mutiny.

According to reports, Putin’s “General Armageddon” was arrested after the coup on allegations that he had been involved in the Wagner Group armed insurgency.

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General Sergei Surovikin – known for his ruthless maneuvers – has ties to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner mercenary army chief behind Saturday’s uprising.

Intelligence officials are to investigate whether the former Russian supreme commander “helped plan Prigozhin’s actions over the weekend” that brought Russia to the brink of civil war.

The tyrant spoke at the forum in his first appearance since the Wagner group coup


The tyrant spoke at the forum in his first appearance since the Wagner group coupPhoto credit: Getty
The Doodle expert also claimed his drawing shows the President feeling


The Doodle expert also claimed his drawing shows the President feeling “stressed and under pressure.”Photo credit: AFP
Viewers were stunned by Putin's drawing when he visited the tech forum


Viewers were stunned by Putin’s drawing when he visited the tech forumPhoto credit: EPA

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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