Telltale clues of Putin’s ‘failing health’ amid rumours of cancer from bombshell leaked docs to trembling hands | The Sun
5th September 2023

A SERIES of chilling clues have fuelled speculation that Vladimir Putin may be suffering from serious health problems including cancer.

Rumours based on the President's public appearances and leaked intelligence suggests he may be suffering from pancreatic and thyroid cancer as well as Parkinson's.

These 'clues' have fuelled theories by the West that Putin was suffering from serious medical issues when he launched his bloody war in Ukraine and that the Kremlin has kept people in the dark about Mad Vlad's true state. 

Bombshell spy documents

In emails seen by The Sun Online in November 2022, a Russian intelligence source close to the Kremlin seemed to confirm that Putin had been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's and pancreatic cancer.

"I can confirm he has been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's disease, but it's already progressing," the Russian security services insider claimed in the email.

"This fact will be denied in every possible way and hidden.

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"Putin is regularly stuffed with all kinds of heavy steroids and innovative painkilling injections to stop the spread of pancreatic cancer he was recently diagnosed with.

"It not only causes a lot of pain, Putin has a state of puffiness of the face and other side effects – including memory lapses.

"In his close circle, there are rumours that in addition to pancreatic cancer, which is gradually spreading, Putin also has prostate cancer."

Political analyst Valery Solovey also claimed Putin is suffering from a number of serious illnesses – including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and a schizoaffective disorder.

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Solovey said his health "is deteriorating… dramatically" – and suggested the tyrant's medical conditions have impacted his judgment on the shambolic war. 

Trembling hands and knees

Various footage of the tyrant has led to further speculation surrounding his health, including a clip of him greeting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the Kremlin.

Released in April 2022, the warlord can be seen trembling violently in the clip as he goes to shake Lukashenko's hand.

His knees also appear to buckle in the footage, which was viewed over a million times, as he goes to embrace his Belarusian counterpart.

Other appearances during the invasion of Ukraine have shown him out of breath, stumbling over his words, or looking exhausted.

His supposed health struggles hit a new low in December when it emerged that he apparently soiled himself during a fall at his official residence.

The Russian tyrant was reportedly helped to a sofa by bodyguards as his personal doctors rushed to assist him.

He was also pictured with suspected track marks from IV treatment on the back of his hand – amid cancer rumours.

Involuntary movements

Other footage released last year showed the dishevelled President gripping a table and tapping his foot in video footage that Kremlin watchers claimed showed a drastic decline in his physical state.

Observers at the time said the isolated tyrant seemed "feeble and barely able to hold himself upright" in his chair as he briefed his defence chief Sergei Shoigu on the siege of Mariupol.

Putin, 69 at the time, can be seen in the video with a bloated face while deeply slouching into his chair.

His foot also appears to be constantly tapping the floor as his hand grips the edge of the table firmly for the entirety of the 12 minute meeting.

Experts told The Sun Online at the time said how this appearance by Vlad was "not the portrait of a healthy Putin".

Professor Erik Bucy, a body language expert from Texas Tech University, told The Sun Online at the time: " It’s an astonishingly weakened Putin compared to the man we observed even a few years ago.

"An able-bodied president would not need to keep himself propped up with a hand held out for leverage and would not be concerned about keeping both feet planted on the ground."

It is also not the first time the President has been captured displaying what appear to be uncontrollable bodily movements.

Footage in February showed him twitching uncomfortably, further sparking rumours that the dictator has Parkinson's.

Stomach pains

Telegram channel General SVR – which claims to be fed information by a Kremlin insider – has been making unverified claims since the start of the war on the warlord's health.

The channel claimed in April that the dictator was getting sicker: "Over the weekend, Putin's health worsened.

"He practically ate nothing and periodically complained of pain in the abdomen, coming bouts of nausea.

"After taking the medicine, for a while, the symptoms disappeared.

"Putin, although he spends time at the residence on weekends, is almost constantly in bunker-type premises, fearing possible air strikes."


Experts have previously pointed out that Putin looks "bloated" and "weakened" in some of his public appearances and has even been seen a doctor who specialises in Thyroid cancer.

In May of last year the President's head appeared 'bloated' to some during a virtual meeting of Russia's security council.

Others even wildly claimed his head had been artificially attached to his body in manipulated footage to hide his illness.

Intelligence sources have also suggested that this physical change, as well as his lust for violence over the course of the war may be caused by steroid treatment for cancer.

An investigation in April last year revealed the tyrant is “constantly” accompanied by a doctor specialising in thyroid cancer.

The report by investigative Proekt media – which is blocked in Russia – stated that surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov, of Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital, visited Russian leader no less than 35 times in the Black Sea resort Sochi.

The respected doctor’s area of expertise is thyroid cancer. 

The report continues to identify medics who regularly travel with Putin on trips, especially in Sochi where he is reportedly accompanied by a neurosurgeon.

Surgeon Dr Alexey Shcheglov "follows Putin so relentlessly that during public events he allegedly gets into joint photographs with the head of state.” 

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He is seen as “the doctor who, among other things, can be the first to detect problems with the thyroid gland, including oncological ones”, it has been claimed. 

Additionally, the report stated that Vladimir Putin has previously "publicly shown interest in the problem of thyroid cancer" after meeting with the head of the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology, Ivan Dedov in 2020.

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