Putin ‘weak and dizzy’ due to medical treatments: report

Putin 'weak and dizzy' due to medical treatments: report

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been feeling weak and dizzy as a result of side effects from medications he’s taking that have also caused him to lose his appetite, according to a new report by sources claiming Kremlin ties.

The 70-year-old Putin, whose health has been the subject of intense speculations for many months now, was described as “withdrawn, terse, not meeting virtually with anyone in person, and generally deeply preoccupied,” according to the Telegram channel “General SVR,” which is said to be run by a former Russian intelligence officer.

“Putin is undergoing a course of treatment that uses medication, which, besides their therapeutic effects, cause weakness, dizziness, a lack of appetite, which does not affect the president’s psycho-emotional state in the best way,” Tuesday’s post on the Telegram channel read.

Putin is rumored to be suffering from various types of cancer and a worsening Parkinson’s disease, among other suspected ailments, none of which has ever been confirmed by the Kremlin.

Putin was seen Tuesday chairing a remote meeting on economic issues from his residence outside Moscow.
Putin was seen Tuesday chairing a remote meeting on economic issues from his residence outside Moscow.
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On multiple occasions since the start of the war in Ukraine last year, the Russian strongman has appeared in public looking sickly and unsteady.

General SVR on Tuesday also reported that Putin is feeling jittery about enacting some “major decisions” that he had recently hinted at, promising that they would have a game-changing impact on Russia’s domestic and foreign policies alike.

“Putin is a rather cowardly person and any changes, even those proposed by him, trigger within him serious fears and concerns,” according to the post.

General SVR said that Putin is now in the process of figuring out the sequence and time frame of those “decisions,” which could “raise the stakes to a critical level.”

Putin attends a farewell ceremony for Murtaza Rakhimov, the first president of Russia's republic of Bashkortostan, at the Bashkortostan state concert hall in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, on January 13.
The 70-year-old leader, who was described as being withdrawn and preoccupied with looming decisions, paid his final respects to the first president of the Republic of Bashkortostan in Ufa Friday.
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“If the Russian forces’ offensive on the frontline fails and they lose control of even a part of the occupied territories, it would be impossible to convince the ‘elites’ that there could be a ‘victorious’ outcome to the military misadventure,” the anonymous author of the post warned.

General SVR has not ruled out the possibility that Putin would deploy nuclear weapons if his forces in Ukraine falter, but resorting to that would “lead to a general catastrophe not only for Putin, but also for all members of the elite without exception, which would nullify the current regime in Russia and make the chance of the president holding onto power downright illusory.”

According to the account, a general draft, a declaration of martial law and large-scale personnel changes are all on the table, and if acted upon, would lead to hundreds of thousands of new casualties.

“The war exists in the head of a terminally ill person with a disturbed psyche, who is trying to take as many people as possible with him into a mythical ‘paradise,’” General SVR added. “Everyone who is taking part or is planning to take part in the war on the side of Putin’s regime and carry out an order to deploy nuclear weapons should realize that. Or it could be decided differently…”

Putin shakes hands with a soldier as he visits a military training centre of the Western Military District for mobilised reservists as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, smiles in Ryazan Region, Russia, on Oct. 20, 2022.
Speculations about Putin’s health have been swirling for months, with some claiming that he suffers from aggressive cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
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Putin was seen in person Tuesday, when he chaired a meeting on economic issues via a video link from his Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow.

On Friday, he attended a funeral for Murtaza Rakhimov, first president of the Republic of Bashkortostan region, in the city of Ufa.

General SVR alleged that Putin was replaced by a “body double” during his Ufa trip, which involved public events and meetings, but that claim could not be independently verified.

In an interview with the state TV channel Rossiya 1 Sunday, Putin sounded upbeat, insisting that the military operation in Ukraine had gained positive momentum and that he hoped his troops would deliver more victims after Russia claimed control of the salt-mining town of Soledar — a claim that was disputed by Ukraine.

“The dynamic is positive,” Putin said when asked about Soledar. “Everything is developing within the framework of the plan of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff.”

With Post wires

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