His rare appearances spark rumors of illness and several sources suggest that the Russian leader may even suffer from cancer and Parkinson’s disease, but the Kremlin remains silent

Where is Putin? While the president of Ukraine, Volodymir Zelenski, appears daily in videos he records himself to dispel rumors that he has left Kiev, little is known about the Russian leader. So far, President Vladimir Putin has reappeared on very few occasions, one of them at the Moscow stadium, on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Crimea and in a video in which he talks with his generals in which he appears stiff and a little swollen; in principle, nothing serious for a man of 70 years.

It could be that the stress caused by the war and its bad results for Russia are making him lose his health, but at this moment anyone can doubt his health based on the Kremlin’s secrecy.

Political scientist and professor Valery Solovey, former head of the Public Relations Department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, stated last February that Putin might have cancer and also symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Along these lines, retired British Royal Navy Admiral Chris Parry claimed last week at a school event that Putin may be battling cancer. “I think his immune system might be depressed. So he is a man in a hurry,” he added to contextualize why he had declared war in Ukraine.

On the other hand, British-American foreign affairs specialist Fiona Hill opined on social media that “Putin doesn’t look so good, he’s been quite bloated. We know he has complained of having back problems.”

All these hypotheses have not been verified by any official source nor has there been an official statement from the Kremlin on Putin’s health.

The only certainty so far is that Putin is still in command in Russia and that, in view of the results, it is not difficult to imagine that his body is paying for the stress accumulated by checking the poor performance of the armed forces that he himself leads with an iron fist.


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