Vladimir Putin is “very sick with blood cancer,” a Russian oligarch claimed according to a new report, amid ongoing speculation about the strongman’s health.
An audio recording of the oligarch’s comments was obtained by a western venture capitalist and shared with New Lines magazinethe publication said.
In it, the oligarch – who has close ties to the Kremlin and is only referred to as “Yuri” to protect his identity – claimed that a number of health problems Putin is said to be suffering are linked to blood cancer.
One example given was Putin’s lower back pain, New Lines reported. The Russian tyrant underwent back surgery in October 2021, just a few months before ordering the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Other examples cited by the magazine include Putin’s increasingly swollen face — a possible indicator of steroid use in his recovery — and the fact that he appears to have a limp.
Other sources have claimed in recent months that Putin, 69, suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He’s been seen in public less often than usual, and when shown on television, his performances are heavily curated.
Vladimir Putin is “very sick with blood cancer,” a Russian oligarch claimed according to a new report, amid ongoing speculation about the strongman’s health. Pictured: Putin is seen holding a small desk during a meeting with his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
But despite the Kremlin being scrupulous with the images of Putin being released to the public, there are some signs that he is unwell.
On Monday, Putin made a speech at the Victory Day parade in Moscow – an annual event that Russia celebrates to mark the end of its involvement in World War II.
Putin was shown clumsily walking through Red Square – possibly limping. He was also seen with a blanket over his lap watching the proceedings, despite Moscow being a relatively mild 48 Fahrenheit (9C) that day.
On April 22, he met Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, slumped in his chair at a comically small desk that he held like a vise throughout the conversion.
In March, after giving a speech at a major pro-war rally in the Russian capital, Putin was filmed descending a short flight of stairs, putting more weight on his left leg.
His right hand — the same one that held the desk in April — was shown trembling, while also holding the armrest of a chair during a meeting with Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
In the run-up to the invasion of Ukraine, he held meetings with world leaders and other Russian military officials sitting on either side of huge banquet-sized tables, amid reports that he was taking extra precautions against Covid-19.
Individuals who met Putin had to be rigorously tested for Covid-19.
Blood cancers — such as lymphoma or myeloma — are cancers of plasma cells and can cause pervasive bone disease.
Ashley Grossman, a professor of endocrinology at the University of Oxford, told New Lines that such diseases can affect the spine and back.
In addition, the treatment of such diseases includes steroids, which can result in a puffy face, and chemotherapy, which results in hair loss.
Putin is not known to suffer from hair loss, but other blood cancers such as myeloma usually do not require chemotherapy.
However, myeloma can lead to compression in the spine.
Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of Russian Land Forces Oleg Salyukov walk after a military parade on Victory Day, in downtown Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2022. Putin moved clumsily, suggesting that he hid a limp
Treatments for such cancers also weaken a patient’s immune system, which could explain Putin’s cautious approach to Covid distance.
The type of blood cancer Putin could be suffering from was not specified by the oligarch, who was secretly registered by the unnamed venture capitalist.
However, it was clear that “Yuri” harbored a certain contempt for the Russian leader.
†[Putin] absolutely ruined — ruined . the Russian economy, the Ukrainian economy and many other economies [them] absolutely,” the oligarch said, according to New Lines. “The problem is in his head. … A madman can turn the world upside down.’
He denounced Putin for saying he was “trying to find Nazis and fascists” as a pretext to invade Ukraine, and went on to say “we all hope” that the Russian leader dies of cancer, or of an internal hit by those who closest to. it.
Yuri said he holds Putin personally responsible for the deaths of “more than 15,000 Russian soldiers and 4,000 or 5,000 civilians in Ukraine.” It’s unbelievable. for what? He killed more people than in 10 years in the… [Soviet] Afghan war.’
The magazine said it could verify the oligarch’s identity and voice. The publication said it would not reveal the oligarch’s name because of the repercussions he could face if he criticized the Russian president.
It added that he left Russia in 2021 and that his net worth put him on the Forbes list of the 200 richest people in Russia. New Lines said most of the conversation with Yuri was spent on how he could recover from Western sanctions.
But the magazine also said he was described by a former European security chief as being part of a tight-knit circle of 20 to 30 people that met the Russian leader in 2014, ahead of his annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
Putin was seen with a blanket over his lap watching Victory Day on May 9, despite Moscow being a relatively mild 48 Fahrenheit (9C) that day
To add to the speculation about his health, Putin missed an annual ice hockey game on Wednesday where he usually plays the lead.
The Russian leader has made a habit of sliding across the ice during an annual game during the Russian Night Hockey League National Festival in May.
But this year, while Putin was “expected” to participate, he instead sent a video message wishing the competitors “good luck in their ice battles” — despite the president’s Sochi Black Sea report, where the match took place on Tuesday.
It is only the second time the president has missed the game since 2012, primarily due to health concerns.
In May 2021, Putin boasted that ice hockey offered him longevity, and he used his appearance to spot rumors about his health at the time.
“You extend your life, you make it of better quality and deeper meaning,” he said.
Meanwhile, it was reported Thursday that body doubles are being prepared to appear in public as Putin gears up for an impending surgery.
The Russian president could be out of action for two to 10 days as his troops continue to fight in the war with Ukraine.
Using lookalikes would maintain the appearance that Putin retains full control of Russia, Telegram Channel General SVR said.
Vladimir Putin has missed the annual ice hockey game, where he usually stars (pictured in 2021), raising new concerns about his health amid persistent rumors that the Russian strongman has multiple medical problems.
The anti-Putin channel’s claims about his medical problems are believed to be based on “intelligence” from an exiled Kremlin lieutenant general known by the alias Viktor Mikhailovich.
It was also reported last week that an order from Putin to attack Ukraine or the West with nuclear weapons would be ignored by his top commanders, who believe he is unwell.
Many senior military and security officials, as well as oligarchic cronies, believe Putin is dying or seriously ill, said Christo Grozev, an expert on Russian affairs and affiliated with the open source research group Bellingcat.
Believing that Putin could soon die, his inner circle would not risk being dragged before a modern equivalent of the Nuremberg Trials for unleashing Armageddon, nor would they obey Putin’s order to kill opposition enemies, it claimed. grozev.
The Russian president put Moscow’s nuclear forces on high alert shortly after his invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24, raising fears he could push the button as the war in Ukraine continues against him.
And amid increasing Western support for Ukraine, Putin has made thinly veiled threats indicating his readiness to deploy Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons, which Russian military doctrine says can be used to force an adversary to withdraw. .
Meanwhile, Russia has increasingly resorted to nuclear saber-rattling as the war in Ukraine has stumbled, with state media releasing near-daily threats last week – including one to wipe out the UK and Ireland with a ‘nuclear tidal wave’.