A fresh story citing intercepted Kremlin documents claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is battling both pancreatic cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
In messages obtained by The Sun, a Russian intelligence source seemed to validate long-held rumors about the 70-year-old strongman.
The insider with the security services reportedly said, “I can confirm he has been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s disease, but it’s already progressing
This fact, according to the reliable source, will be concealed and denied in every manner imaginable. Putin, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, is routinely injected with various potent steroids and cutting-edge pain killing medicines, the source continued. In addition to the severe discomfort, Putin also has side effects like facial puffiness and memory loss.
PUTIN’S HEALTH 🇷🇺— Jason Jay Smart (@officejjsmart) October 22, 2022
Videos released by 🇷🇺 Government news show what could be track marks, from IVs, on the hand of Putin.
For the same event, the Kremlin released two videos: One with tons of watermarks (making the hand harder to see), the other without any shot of his hand. pic.twitter.com/a1mfs6hOud
The insider continued, “In his close circle, there are rumors that in addition to pancreatic cancer, which is gradually spreading, Putin also has prostate cancer.”
Putin’s alleged ill health has been the subject of rumors for some months, with several unsubstantiated stories claiming the president is battling cancer.
Putin loves to portray himself as strong, thus the Kremlin has consistently denied that he has any diseases.
The shocking news follows Putin’s appearance on camera, gripping a soldier’s arm while visiting a boot camp in the Ryazan region, with what appeared to be IV track marks on the back of his hand.
The mysterious spot on the Kremlin leader’s palm was plainly evident in screenshots from the footage that journalist Jason Jay Smart of the Kyiv Post tweeted.
The footage of Putin’s trip was made available in two different versions, according to Smart, one of which included several watermarks that made it difficult to see Putin’s hand and the other of which did not.
Another explanation, advanced by veteran Ukraine correspondent Tom Warner, contended that what seems to be an IV mark might instead be a peculiar angle of protruding veins.
There have been numerous unfounded claims from the Telegram channel General SVR that have contributed significantly to the rumors regarding Putin’s alleged poor health. These reports stated that he has Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and schizoaffective disorder.
According to the independent Russian publication Proekt, whenever Putin travels on official business, he is always accompanied by medical professionals, including top oncologists.
In a rare comment about the president’s health, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured reporters that everything is well after Putin postponed a trip to Kazakhstan in July.
The West has interpreted recent statements by Putin and his allies that Russia may use nuclear weapons to safeguard its territorial integrity as veiled threats to use them to defend the four regions of Ukraine that it claims to have annexed.
According to game theory expert Georgy Egorov, who was quoted in The Sun, if Putin only has a few months to live, launching a nuclear assault makes sense.