Russia/Ukraine: is Putin ill – or is the claim just propaganda?

Vladimir Putin: has he been treated for pancreatic cancer? Does he have other conditions? If not, someone may suffer as a result of the claim being made.

Are you willing to believe this?

According to US intelligence sources, Russian president Vladimir Putin received treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer in April.

They say his health conditions means that while his grip on the Kremlin remains strong, he does not enjoy the absolute power he used to have.

But is it proven, or is it propaganda?

The effect of reports like this is to provoke close examination of every public appearance by the Russian leader, in an attempt to prove or disprove the claim.

His lieutenants and rivals may start manoeuvring for a chance at power themselves whenever it seems Putin’s grip is slipping.

And the overall effect is that less attention is paid to other matters, such as the war in Ukraine. A more moderate future leader may even call off the whole reprehensible endeavour.

Here’s the problem: if I can see this, so can Vladimir Putin. And if the rumour isn’t true, then he’ll react violently.

So these American intelligencers had better have cast-iron evidence to support their claim – otherwise they may be bringing down even worse suffering on the people of Ukraine.

The Russian president has received treatment for advanced cancer and was targeted in an assassination attempt, three intelligence sources have told Newsweek

Source: Putin treated for advanced cancer and survived assassination attempt, US intelligence reports

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