Putin’s murky health rumours that won’t go away

It has been rumoured Putin has been suffering with Parkinson's disease, pancreatic cancer and colon cancer.

Putin’s murky health rumours that won’t go away
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Speculation about the Russian president’s health has been reignited (Picture: Sean Gladwell)

Vladimir Putin is battling the latest rumour about his ‘ill health’ after he ‘went into cardiac arrest’ on Sunday evening.

The General SVR Telegram channel, which regularly alleges the Russian president is terminally ill, said two security officers ‘found Putin convulsing on the floor’.

‘At about 21:05 Moscow time, security officers of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who were on duty at the residence, heard noise and sounds of falling coming from the president’s bedroom,’ the channel reported without proof.

‘Two security officers immediately followed into the president’s bedroom and saw Putin lying on the floor next to the bed and an overturned table with food and drinks.

‘Putin convulsively arched while lying on the floor, rolling his eyes. The doctors who were on duty at the residence and located in one of the adjacent rooms were immediately called.’

In an unusual move, the Kremlin were forced to deny Putin went into cardiac arrest, and insisted Putin was not using body doubles to replace him while he recovered.

But this is just the latest in a long line of rumours about Putin’s ill health since he launched his invasion in Ukraine.

Parkinson’s disease

Over the last year it has been speculated the Russian president is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which gradually damages parts of the brain.

Unverified reports last year claimed the president was suffering from the neurological condition which causes uncontrollable movements, though these were rubbished by the Kremlin.

But in September, Putin’s constant leg wiggling as he met with Kim Jong-Un reignited rumours

In an appearance at a military command post and at an Easter church service, he seemed unsteady on his feet and kept chewing on his lips.

He appeared similarly unable to keep his feet still during an appearance with Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in November.

But following speculation, Peskov was quick to issue a denial and insisted Putin is in good health.

He said: ‘Those who work next to him struggle to keep up.

‘One might only feel envious about his level of energy. His health – you can only wish it for yourself.’


Vladimir Putin pictured with suspected track marks from IV treatment on the back of his hand
Vladimir Putin pictured with suspected track marks from IV treatment on the back of his hand (Picture: Vishwa Patel)

Leaked emails appeared to confirm the Russian president has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Messages from a Russian intelligence source, seen by The Sun, said: ‘Putin is regularly stuffed with all kinds of heavy steroids and innovative painkilling injections to stop the spread of pancreatic cancer he was already diagnosed with.’

Several pictures showed him with a puffy face, allegedly a side effect of the steroid treatment.

They add that within Putin’s ‘close circle there are rumours’ he also has prostate cancer.

The tyrant was recently pictured with what looked like track marks from an IV on the back of his hand, further fuelling speculation about his health.

It has also been reported he is terminally ill with colon cancer, and Putin’s death is ‘imminent’.

Some have even claimed Putin was suffering from megalomania induced by cancer drugs when he made the decision to invade Ukraine.

But a former officer in Putin’s elite personal security team said he appears to be ‘in good health’.

Gleb Karakulov, who broke ranks and defected from Russia, said he had taken 180 trips with the Russian president.

But he only saw Putin cancel a few trips due to illness, and he had annual medical checkups.

Body doubles

Due to the many rumours of Putin’s ill health, many have concluded the Russian president must be using body doubles

Conspiracy theorists have closely analysed differences in Putin’s chin, earlobes and wrinkles each time he is in public.

It’s led many to believe the ‘real’ Putin is actually hiding in nuclear bunkers and sending lookalikes along to public appearances.

The Kremlin were forced to release a statement today claiming Putin does not use body doubles.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: ‘This belongs to the category of absurd information hoaxes that a whole series of media discuss with enviable tenacity. This evokes nothing but a smile,’ Peskov said.

In a 2020 interview, Putin denied longstanding rumours that he uses body doubles, although he said he had been offered the chance to use one in the past for security reasons.

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