Is Putin sick? Does Vladimir Putin have terminal cancer, and why is Russian President’s health in question?

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine has turned Russia into a pariah state, sparking rafts of sanctions and international condemnation.

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And now some observers – experts and social media users – have suggested that the Russian president’s health is failing.

Where are these rumors coming from, and have they been substantiated?

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Is Putin sick? Does Vladimir Putin have terminal cancer, and why is Russian President’s health in question? A man finishes gluing huge placards bearing images of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the city center of Simferopol, Crimea, on March 4, 2022. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP) (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

Does Vladimir Putin have cancer?

The claim that Putin has cancer and that his condition prompted the invasion of Ukraine was made by a senior Royal Navy admiral earlier this week.

Speaking to children at Portsmouth Grammar School on March 4, former pupil and Falklands veteran Rear Admiral Chris Parry said: “He has been using these very long tables to interview people.

“I think his immune system might be suppressed at the moment. So he is a man in a hurry.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, on March 3, 2022. (Photo by Andrey Gorshkov / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ANDREY GORSHKOV/ SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Parry continued: “What I think will happen is he will occupy Ukraine to the east of the Dnieper [river]he will totally occupy this region known as “New Russia” across the bottom of the country, cutting Ukraine off from the Black Sea, and he will leave that rump of the north west, to the west of Kyiv, to it’s own devices as long as it stays neutral.”

There has been no official confirmation, at home or abroad, about the state of Putin’s health.

Why do people think people think President Putin is ill?

The ex-military intelligence officer now working at the Pentagon told the Reach title that analysts have been studying Putin, 69, and believe he is seriously ill.

The source said: “In the past we have seen him smile, but in 2022 there are few pictures of him looking happy.

“His look suggests he is in pain and our people suggest his angry look is most likely as a result of him being in agony.

“Our people are confident he is ill – he is concerned about Covid as he keeps his staff at a distance.”

Putin has built an image as a strong man figure leading Russia, and has posed for pictures competing in judo, and shirtless on a horse.

But on March 1, official pictures of the president meeting St Petersburg governor Alexander Beglov sparked fresh claims about his health.

What have experts said?

“We know that he has complained about having back issues. Even if it’s not something worse than that, it could be that he’s taking high doses of steroids, or there may be something else. There seems to be an urgency for this that may be also driven by personal factors.”

Hill, who served as a national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council, continued: “He may have a sense that time is marching on — it’s 22 years, after all, and the likelihood after that kind of time of a Russian leader leaving voluntarily or through elections is pretty slim.

“Most leaders leave either like Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko thought that he might leave, as the result of massive protests, or they die in office.

“The only other person who has been Russian leader in modern times longer than Putin is Stalin, and Stalin died in office.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio is another prominent figure who has claimed ‘something is off’ with President Putin.

Mr Rubio is the ranking Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Senator Rubio said: “I wish I could share more, but for now, I can say it’s pretty obvious to many that something is off with Putin.

“He has always been a killer, but his problem is now different and significant.”

Mr Rubio later added Mr Putin “appears to have some neuro/physiological health issues.”

The Daily Mail reported Senator Rubio saying ‘[Putin] is older now. His time is running out on this earth. He knows that.”

Have Putin or the Kremlin responded?

The Kremlin do not routinely comment on Vladimir Putin’s health and have not responded to these most recent claims which emerged since conflict broke out.

The Kremlin did previously rubbish previous claims that Putin was suffering from Parkinson’s disease as ‘absolute nonsense’.

In November 2020, Professor Valery Solovei – a former historian at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations – reportedly said Putin was suffering from both cancer and Parkinson’s.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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