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 a story that discussed numerous rumors about Putin’s health.
“The recording represents a rare testimony from someone with proven ties to the Russian government that its fanatical dictator may be gravely unwell,” the magazine said of the comments made in mid-March during a discussion with someone described as a “Western venture capitalist.” “.
“He has absolutely ruined – ruined” the Russian economy, the Ukrainian economy and many other economies [them] absolutely,” the unnamed 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 currently outside Russia with assets that put him on the list of the 200 richest Russian businessmen. The tape shows him fiercely 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 possibly of an intervention such as a coup d’etat to save Russia from further misfortune.
The oligarch “had no idea he was being recorded,” New Lines said on the 11-minute tape, adding that it identified the man by his voice but withheld his name “because of the high probability that the disclosure would lead to retaliation by the state,” pointing to the Russian law that imposes 15 years in prison for spreading “fake news.”
It noted that Roman Abramovich, owner of London’s Chelsea Football Club, may have been poisoned in March amid his attempts to negotiate a peace deal with Ukraine, and said eight other oligarchs “have turned up dead since January”. including two who allegedly killed their wives and children before committing suicide, one in Spain and one in Moscow.
The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence also claimed Putin has cancer and suggested a coup d’état is already underway to remove the Russian leader.
Major General Kyrylo Budanov said the heavy losses suffered by Russian troops foreshadowed defeat by the end of the year and “will ultimately lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation”.
“This process has already started and they are moving in that direction.”
The Times of London noted rampant speculation about Putin’s health after he was seen several times with an apparently flabby and swollen face that could indicate he is being treated with steroids. And during last week’s Victory Day Parade, the Russian leader was wrapped in a heavy woolen blanket.
The Times also cited a study by Proyekt, an independent Russian publication, which found that Putin is accompanied almost everywhere by three doctors, including an oncologist or cancer specialist, and that the leader is bathed in the blood of the antlers of young reindeer, an “alternative treatment” he learned in Siberia.
In addition, 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 about Putin’s health or “rumors about his terminal condition.” of the President.”
The instructions had the opposite effect, convincing most FSB officers that Putin is sick, the magazine reported.