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Oligarch's speech reinforces suspicion that Putin has terminal cancer

O presidente russo, Vladimir Putin, em um encontro em Moscou, em abril de 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Moscow in April
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“He completely ruined the economy of Russia, Ukraine and many others. The problem is with the head. A madman can turn the world upside down.” Last week, New Lines Magazine – an American magazine focused on international affairs – published excerpts from the recording of a conversation with a Kremlin-linked oligarch, which would confirm suspicions that Russian President Vladimir Putin is suffering from terminal cancer.

According to the magazine, the oligarch, who had very close relations with Putin , did not know it was being recorded. “We all hope that Putin will die of cancer or some internal intervention in Moscow, to spare Russia more misfortunes,” said Putin’s former close contact, who was not identified.

Polls about a possible serious illness have been around for years. With the invasion of Ukraine, suspicions increased and gained even more repercussion on the internet and in the media. According to the speech published by New Lines, Putin suffers from blood cancer.

Other sources suggest that Putin has a thyroid tumor. In April, journalist Roman Badanin, from the Russian media outlet Proekt and a refugee in the United States, told French channel BFMTV that there had been evidence of the disease for years. “Our investigations do not confirm thyroid cancer, but Putin has been surrounded by doctors for five or seven years.”

Also according to the Russian journalist, “every time Putin goes somewhere, one of the most frequent companions is a doctor who specializes in this type of cancer”. In the last four years, this health professional would have been at the side of the Russian leader for about 05 times and other otolaryngologists were in the office almost 60 times.

There are also suspicions of Parkinson’s Disease

Last month it went viral on Twitter a video in which Putin would express pain and try to control the shaking in his hands. This would be possible evidence that he suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. As the former British MP Louise Mensch published, the hypothesis had been raised for the first time in 2020. According to her, “sources linked to the British government indicated that the disease was progressing rapidly”.

In November 2020, Putin opponent Valery Solovei informed the British tabloid The Sun that Vladimir Putin suffers, at the same time from cancer and Parkinson’s disease. According to Solovei, the Russian leader underwent surgery in November of that year.

According to investigative Proekt, the Russian head of state has disappeared from the radar five other times since he has been in command of the Kremlin: in November 2012, in March of 2015, in August of 2017, in February 2018 and in September last year. In these periods, according to the newspaper, the meetings would have been pre-recorded, to hide the president’s setbacks.

Also according to Russian investigative media, Putin would have followed the advice of Defense Minister Sergeï Choïgu, making alternative treatments. One of them would be the deer antler blood bath, which would serve to strengthen the cardiovascular system.

Putin did radical isolation in the pandemic

Another evidence that Putin would suffer from a serious illness is raised by analysts: the Russian leader made a radical isolation in the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic. He required PCR testing and fecal samples to hold meetings and was about 6 meters away from other people during meetings.

In March, journalist Ben Judah, from French Le Figaro, wrote that Putin changed his behavior in

. “Since the beginning of the health crisis, Putin has stopped behaving like an alpha male, outdoors, on horseback or shirtless,” he pointed out. “Instead of publicly demonstrating his disdain for the pandemic, he almost completely closed himself off,” added the journalist. According to him, this care would be justified by the fact that Putin suffers from a comorbidity that can make the infection by Covid-19 more serious.

“Putin has completely changed”

)In February, Sergueï Jirnov, who was part of the KGB, as well as Putin, gave his opinion on the state of health of the Russian president on the French channel C8. “He is swollen. They say he is sick”, referring to the possible use of cortisone in the treatment of chronic diseases.

“My Kremlin source has been talking about it for three years: that he’s going to die, that he’s sick. But he’s been there for three years, so we suspect that”, he concludes. The Russian government has always officially denied the existence of a serious illness in Putin.

) Former CIA officer John Sipher told New Lines that spreading information about Putin’s possible serious illness may just be a Kremlin strategy. “Their instinct is to lie and spread disinformation on the one hand, and so this conversation could be an effort to divert attention,” opined Sipher.

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