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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  1. Aelfy June 3, 2022 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    American intelligence, I’ll believe it when I see it, remember Iraq?

  2. Tony Dean June 3, 2022 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Putin has looked for some time as if he is being treated with steroids. That covers a wide range of medical problems he could have.

  3. jake June 3, 2022 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Just to mention, I saw a report saying that MI6 officers have been spreading rumours that Putin is actually dead….and it is a doppelganger that has been appearing on TV screens these past few months.

  4. El Dee June 4, 2022 at 12:25 am - Reply

    This claim and the other additional claim that he is using ‘body doubles’ are straight from the First Cold War. It’s like the CIA just took them down off the shelf, dusted them off and them sent them to be printed in their tame newspapers.

    I also see another video purporting to be an entire battalion of Russian troops about to surrender because they were hungry, cold and left without air support. Everything that they say doesn’t QUITE match up with already known facts. It COULD be true but the thing is, because the CIA and our own intel are messing about so much with the truth on this I am minded to disbelieve it. Certainly giving it lots of publicity, even if they haven’t manufactured it, but I dislike being told what and how I should think. I already agree that Russia was the aggressor and that they should be pushed back out. So why, when the vast majority agree with this anyway, are they continuing such a propaganda campaign – and one that can easily been seen through at that..

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