Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar and President of the Federation of Jewish Communities Alexander Boruda on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 2023 (Reuters)
"Super ID" decided to definitively answer the question of whether Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a doppelgänger - as has been claimed many times in the past.
The term "super-identifier" was coined in 2009 by researchers from Harvard University and University College London and is used to describe a person with a face recognition ability significantly higher than the average in the population.
The super recognizers can recognize and remember thousands of faces, often after seeing them just once.
Simone Malik is just like that and she has made it her specialty.
In a conversation with the British Daily Star, she estimated that the Russian leader does not use a doppelgänger for appearances at public events and that the changes in free characters are due to natural aging or are a sign of his deteriorating health.
Does Vladimir Putin use a double?
Pay attention to the differences in the ears (photo: image processing, Vertical/Ruters)
Simone, who works as a portrait painter, explained that "the puffy appearance of 70-year-old Putin, the dullness of the skin, the weight gain or loss - they are all just part of the normal aging process or signs of a health problem."
Simone decided to speak out following a flurry of headlines over the weekend that claimed Putin had used a doppelganger to visit Moscow University in his place, where onlookers noted he appeared to be wearing what appeared to be high heels.
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"I think it's Putin. I don't think it's a duplicate," she said after looking at footage from the university visit.
"The reason is the tilt in Putin's lips - if you look at Putin on the left side, his lip line has a slight tilt, so his lip line droops a little compared to the right side. And then when you look at him from the side - the lip is almost protruding so people think he's using fillers Or Botox that went wrong."
She continued and explained: "If you look at him from the left side - then the lip is a little different, and if you look at him from the right side then the ear is a little different. I think that sometimes when a person's health is not good, he looks a little puffy. I think this is normal with the aging process.
"Putin's left ear has a more rounded appearance while the one on the right side of his head has a more pointed appearance. Look at the side profile of Putin's face - in the middle of the eyebrows he has a fleshy area and when he turns to the side he has a kind of fleshy bulge and this is pretty consistent in all the pictures of Putin... those things are consistently there in all these pictures."
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"When I look at the skull, the forehead, the shape of the head at the back - everything looks like Putin consistently," she said, adding: "You know, sometimes we all have a bad period or a bad day when we have a picture where we look completely different. It happens to everyone One and one of us. So I looked at a number of facial features: the ear, the lip, the shape of the head, the forehead and the eye area - and I think it's Putin, I don't think it's a double."
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