Secret tape recording
Magazine: Oligarch talks about Putin’s serious illness
05/14/2022, 10:25 a.m.
How healthy is Putin? There has been speculation for weeks that the Russian president could be gravely ill, as well as the intentions of war in Ukraine. An American magazine could now have received confirmation from those closest to the Kremlin boss.
Rumors of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s serious illness have been circulating for a long time, but now they are getting new fuel. The American magazine “New Lines” reports a possible cancer of the boss of the Kremlin.
The magazine leaked the audio recording of an oligarch close to the Kremlin who described Putin as “severely ill with blood cancer”, according to the report. “Of course, we are unable to independently confirm this claim,” the newspaper wrote. “But the recording is the rare testimony from someone with proven ties to the Russian government that the bigoted dictator could be in serious trouble.”
The identity of the oligarch was confirmed based on the voice, but the newspaper does not disclose it. The report simply states that the person is outside of Russia and is on the Forbes list of the 200 richest Russians. The man belonged to a small circle of 20 to 30 people that Putin had met in 2014 before conquering Crimea. Apparently the oligarch knew nothing of the recording, which a Western venture capitalist allegedly took and made available to the magazine out of disgust for the war.
The newspaper considers the assessment of the oligarch to be plausible and cites, among others, Christo Grozev, head of investigations at the Bellingcat investigation platform. As a result, the oligarch’s claim is now carried further among Moscow’s elites. In a memo from the FSB’s domestic secret service, regional leaders were instructed “not to trust rumors about the president’s incurable condition,” Grozev said.
Doctors and swollen face
Proyekt, a respected Russian investigative news agency, also recently reported that Putin regularly travels around Russia in the company of medical specialists. Among them, Alexey Shcheglyov and Igor Yesakov, both ENT doctors, Konstantin Sim, orthopedic traumatologist, and Yevgeny Selivanov, neurosurgeon specializing in oncology. According to the investigative project, Putin had also shown a keen interest in thyroid cancer. Among other things, he met with the head of the National Center for Medical Research in Endocrinology, Ivan Dedov, in July 2020.
Ashley Grossman, professor of endocrinology at the University of Oxford, pointed out in an interview with “New Lines” that possible cancer could also explain Putin’s change in appearance. Over the past few months, several images have surfaced in which the Kremlin boss had a swollen face. “Putin has always been a very fit man with a slightly gaunt appearance,” Grossmann said. “But in recent years he seems to have become fuller in the face and neck.” This appearance is associated with the use of steroids, which in turn are used to treat different types of lymphoma or myeloma.
In the conversation, the oligarch allegedly said about Putin: “He completely ruined the Russian economy, the Ukrainian economy and many other economies – completely ruined them,” the oligarch said. “The problem is in his head. … A madman can turn the world upside down.”