There’s been a lot of questions surrounding his health, with reports saying everything from Parkinson’s to cancer. Putin missed an ice hockey game that he had always attended in the past, according to my colleague Bob Hoge. Despite being at the same location where the game was taking place, he sent a video message. He has previously claimed that hockey has helped with his longevity and utilized his involvement in hockey to quash health rumors. In the video, he seemed pale with some dark patches on his cheeks.
According to a new report, Pres. Putin is “very sick with blood cancer.” According to New Lines magazine, a Russian oligarch who has close ties to the Kremlin told a Western venture capitalist that Pres. Putin had surgery on his back because he had blood cancer.
But the recording, which represents rare evidence of a Russian official with established ties to the government expressing concern that his maniacal ruler may be severely ill, raises an important question: Is Mr. Putin in such terrible mental shape that he is unable to lead?
In mid-March, a Western venture capitalist recorded the conversation without the oligarch’s knowledge or consent. The source gave the recording to New Lines on one condition that we don’t publicly identify him. He claims he betrayed a colleague’s trust because of his distaste for Ukraine’s war — a sentiment his secretly recorded counterpart plainly agrees with. “He completely destroyed Russia’s economy, as well as Ukraine’s and several other economies,’” says the oligarch about Putin. “The difficulty is with his brain.’” One madman may be able to turn the world upside down.
Another of the super wealthy, who New Lines identifies as “Yuri,” stated that they all hope Putin dies.
Yuri also lets loose with a string of criticisms, condemning the war in no uncertain terms, trashing the Kremlin’s initial rationale for “attempting to locate Nazis and fascists.” Yuri then adds that “we all hope” Putin dies from cancer or is killed as a result of an internal coup in Moscow, when he states that “Putin murdered more than 4,000-5,000 civilians and 15,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine. It’s unbelievable. And for what purpose? He killed more people in this war so far than in 10 years of the Soviet Afghan war.”
It’s vital to remember that people can get imprisoned for any “disinformation” they may provide, therefore idle chit-chat is unlikely. New Lines claims to know the oligarch’s identity but isn’t disclosing it because of obvious reasons. It hasn’t been a good year to be an oligarch.
In all, eight oligarchs, many of them involved in the lucrative energy sector, have died since January; two of them, plus their wives and children, who were believed to have been murdered before committing suicide.
Furthermore, the FSB has been instructed not to speculate on Pres. Putin’s health and to ignore rumors that he has only months to live. That is precisely what it does, leading individuals to believe there is a genuine issue at hand. When the FSB doesn’t want you talking about anything, it usually implies that whatever you’re talking about is probably true.
Finally, Ukraine’s head of military intel, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, stated that Putin is seriously ill and that there is a “coup was underway.”
Budanov unquestionably has a motive for pushing propaganda, but it also adds another voice to the “Putin is very sick” club and that he has got people trying to murder him at home.