Vladimir Putin is “very sick with blood cancer”, an oligarch with close ties to the Russian leader has reported.
The anonymous oligarch was recorded discussing Putin’s health with a Western venture capitalist in mid-March in a recording obtained by the magazine. New Lines from USA
The new claims come amid growing concern over the health of the Kremlin leader, who has appeared frail at public events such as last week’s Victory Day celebrations, while videos have circulated showing the President Putin “trembling uncontrollably.” Publicly, the Kremlin has claimed that Putin is fit and well, but his strict precautions during the pandemic and the use of a long table to meet with other political leaders have reinforced the rumours.
The Russian oligarch claims in the recording that Putin underwent surgery on his back related to his blood cancer shortly before ordering the invasion of Ukraine, which he has described as a “special military operation.” He adds that the president has gone “crazy.”
He notes that there is deep frustration in Moscow over the state of the economy and, appearing to speak for other oligarchs, comments that “we all hope” that Mr Putin will die. “He has absolutely ruined the Russian economy, the Ukrainian economy and many other economies, he has completely ruined them,” says the oligarch. “The problem is in his head. A madman can turn the world upside down.”
The Western businessman has kept the oligarch’s name anonymous for his protection, having recorded the conversation without his permission, the magazine reports. New Lines.
Vladimir Putin faced intense scrutiny after a recorded video of the meeting between him and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu showed the Kremlin leader gripping his table tightly throughout the sit-in, never letting go for the entire duration of the sit-in. 12 minute clip. In footage released by the Kremlin, Putin taps his feet up and down, appears restless and tense, and clears his throat several times as he listens to the minister, who reportedly recently suffered a heart attack at the age of 66. years.
Richard Dearlove – former head of MI6 – and Professor Gwythian Prins – formerly an adviser to NATO – said Putin shows signs of progressive nervous system disorder.
New Lines revealed that officials at the FSB (Federal Security Service), the main Russian security agency, were instructed not to speculate on Putin’s health. Christo Grozev, chief Russia investigator at Bellingcat, the investigative journalism group, stresses that a memo was sent to regional chiefs telling them to ignore speculation that the president had months to live.
“This instruction had the opposite effect, as most of the FSB officers suddenly began to believe that Putin was really suffering from a serious illness,” Grozev told New Lines.