Russian despot Vladimir Putin has been accused of having “small man syndrome” for the third time in recent months.
Back in February, when Russia first invaded Ukraine, Conservative MP Julian Lewis claimed, during a question in the House of Commons, that Putin was “firmly in the grip of small man syndrome”.
He also said that Putin had a “Napoleon complex”.
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Lewis said that this could be the reason why Putin ordered his troops to take to the streets of Ukraine.
And then former Labour leader Brown, who served as the UK's Chancellor from 1997 to 2007 under then-PM Tony Blair, has shed some light on the realities of this rumour.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph's Celia Walden, he recalled a meeting between the pair in 2006.
He said: “I first met Putin in 2006 at the Kremlin, when I was still Chancellor.
“And I was put in a very low seat so that I was looking up at him.
“He’s certainly a relatively small man, and he wears these stacked heels.
“Anyway, that day he took out these index cards, and proceeded to read out all this information he had about me, as though he wanted to prove that he knew more about me than I knew about myself.
“So when people say that Putin’s changed and is only now threatening, I can tell you that he was threatening me even then.”
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And this week, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace added fuel to the small-man fire by making similar claims – except he went much further.
Mr Wallace told LBC Radio: “I certainly think President Putin’s view of himself and the world is a small man syndrome, macho view.
“I think he’s certainly got it in spades.
And referencing Russian foreign ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova, who often spews Kremlin-backed lines, he added: “She’s a lunatic like he is.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also made similar comments this week during the G7 leaders summit.
Speaking to German TV, he accused Putin of expressing “toxic masculinity” with his invasion of Ukraine, and that Russia should have “more women in positions of power”.
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