New rumors from Russia suggest President Vladimir Putin is suffering from cancer – as well as symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Valery Solovei, the political analyst who first told the story of Putin’s failing health, claims the president underwent emergency cancer surgery in February.
His information, he says, comes from Kremlin insiders “at the epicenter of decision-making.”
Solovei admits he has “no ethical right to disclose these issues.”
The first medical issue, which Solovei describes as “of a psycho-neurological nature”, is the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. He says this would not necessarily threaten the president’s life, “but only limits public appearances.”
However, the second health risk is much more serious. Solovei says it is “a fatal diagnosis.”
He says President Putin has accepted that he will have to step down and that he has already elected a successor.
His second daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, has a master’s degree in physics and mathematics and is currently leading a new institute of artificial intelligence at Moscow State University.
The president also recently introduced plans for legislation guaranteeing him immunity from prosecution after he leaves office. The state-run RT network says these new laws will be seen “as a sign of laying the groundwork for an eventual transfer of power in Russia.”
Earlier this week, the Kremlin denied rumors about Putin’s health after it was seen that he suffered a severe coughing fit at a television meeting about Covid-19.
Official footage of the meeting released later was found to have been edited to minimize the length and severity of the coughing fit.
Rumors of the president’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s increased after recent news footage appeared to show his legs and hands were shaking incessantly.
Professor Solovei says the president’s family – and his rumored mistress Alina Kabaeva – have urged him to retire in the new year.
“There is a family that has a big impact on him,” says Solovei. “He plans to make his transfer plans public in January,” he said.
However, Kremlin spokesman and deputy chief of staff Dmitry Peskov today dismissed the rumors, insisting that Putin is “in excellent health”, saying the rumors are “complete nonsense”.
Rejecting suggestions Putin was preparing to step down and appoint a successor, he said, “Everything is all right with the president.”