As the Russia-Ukraine conflict enters Day 98, murmurs are growing loud about Russian president Vladimir Putin’s “ill-health.”
“His health is deteriorating quickly. Putin has a severe form of rapidly progressing cancer,” the Federal Security Service (FSB) defector Boris Karpichkov reported messages he received from an unidentified Russian spy.
Media across the West has been awash with reports about the 69-year-old President just being given “three years to live by doctors.”
The spy’s dossier also claimed Putin is losing his sight and suffering from headaches. “We are told he is suffering from headaches and when he appears on TV he needs pieces of paper with everything written in huge letters to read what he’s going to say. They are so big each page can only hold a couple of sentences. His eyesight is seriously worsening,” the rebel Boris stated in an interview to the UK-based Daily Mirror.
Previous footage from earlier this year appeared to show his hand shaking, while as he also appeared to grip a table for support during a meeting broadcast in April. Whispers about his health appear to have originated with the hugely popular Russian Telegram channel General SVR.
It claimed Mr Putin’s doctors have warned him the surgery might incapacitate him for “a short time”, and that during this period the president will briefly hand over the reins of power to an aide. Concerns for his health grew after former UK intelligence official Christopher Steele said the Russian leader left meetings for medical treatment.
“Meetings of the security council that are shown to supposedly last for a whole hour are actually broken up into several sections,” Mr Steele, who wrote a dossier on Donald Trump and Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election, told LBC radio. “He’s constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors.” Earlier this month an oligarch with close ties to Putin was reportedly recorded saying he is “very ill with blood cancer.”