Russian President Vladimir Putin is “very sick with blood cancer,” an oligarch close to the Kremlin said in a secret recording obtained by New Lines magazine.
The type of cancer was not specified, New Lines reported in an article discussing a myriad of rumors about Putin’s health.
“The recording represents rare testimony from someone with proven ties to the Russian government that its bigoted dictator may well be gravely ill,” the magazine said of the comments made during a mid-March discussion. with someone described as a “Western venture capitalist”.
“He completely ruined the Russian economy, the Ukrainian economy and many other economies – ruined [them] absolutely,” the anonymous oligarch said of Putin on the tape. “The problem is in his head. … A madman can turn the world upside down.
The man is an energy tycoon who is currently outside of Russia with a net worth that puts him on the list of 200 richest Russian businessmen. He can be heard on the tape vehemently criticizing the invasion of Ukraine and questioning the purpose of the deaths of more than 15,000 Russian soldiers.
And he says “we all hope” that Putin dies of his cancer or perhaps of an intervention such as a coup d’etat, to spare Russia further misfortunes.
The oligarch “had no idea he was being taped,” on the 11-minute tape, New Lines said, adding that he identified the man by his voice but withheld his name “due to the high likelihood that its disclosure would result in state retaliation,” noting Russian law that imposes 15 years in prison for spreading “false news.”
He noted that Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea football club in London, may have been poisoned in March as part of his efforts to broker a peace deal with Ukraine and said eight other oligarchs “are found dead since January”, two of whom are believed to have murdered their wives and children before committing suicide, one in Spain and one in Moscow.
Ukraine’s military intelligence chief also claimed Putin had cancer and suggested a coup to depose the Russian leader was already underway.
Major General Kyrylo Budanov said the heavy losses suffered by Russian forces are a prelude to defeat by the end of the year and “will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation”.
“This process has already been started, and they are moving in this direction.”
The Times of London reported rampant speculation about Putin’s health after he was repeatedly seen walking with an apparent limp and a swollen face that could suggest he is being treated with steroids. And during last week’s Victory Day parade, the Russian leader was wrapped in a thick woolen blanket.
The Times also cited an investigation by Proyekt, an independent Russian publication, which revealed that Putin is accompanied almost everywhere by three doctors, including an oncologist or cancer specialist, and that the leader bathes in the blood of the woods. a young reindeer, an “alternative treatment” he heard about in Siberia.
Additionally, the New Lines story pointed to a memo sent to officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the Soviet KGB, telling them not to speculate on Putin’s health or to “trust rumors about the ‘terminal state of the president’.
The instructions had the opposite effect, convincing most FSB officers that Putin is ill, the magazine reported.