Vladimir Putin’s relatives are said to be concerned about his bouts of coughing, constant nausea and lack of appetite.
The Russian leader, who was seen last week mobilizing troops and firing a sniper rifle, reportedly underwent a medical over the weekend.
Those around him are concerned that his “thinness and persistent cough” are becoming noticeable and will be seen by elites in Russia as “a sign of the leader’s rapidly deteriorating health,” said General SVR, a telegram channel that has long claimed he is suffering from cancer despite that the Kremlin insists that he is in good health.
According to the channel, in recent months he has lost 8 kg.
Putin was only seen once between Friday and Sunday, at an unremarkable online meeting with Sergei Nosov, governor of the former Gulag region of Magadan.
However, it is often believed that such meetings are “mothballed” or recorded before they are shown.
Putin reportedly held a one-to-one working meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko today.
He coughed slightly in a short video discussing sports provision in the annexed regions of Ukraine.
The Telegram channel, which did not provide any evidence for its claims, said: “Both Putin himself and his relatives, as well as doctors, are concerned about the president’s coughing fits, as well as constant nausea and lack of appetite due to medications and a specific [for] oncology
“Over the past few months, Putin has lost eight kilograms, and those around the president fear that the thinness and constant coughing that is noticeable in progress will be regarded by the elites as a sign of the leader’s rapidly deteriorating health.”
It was further alleged that Putin was in a bad mood over the war, notably berating and then turning off Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in an online meeting.
Putin is alleged to have resorted to shouting and profanity.
“After Shoigu was disconnected from participating in the video conference, Putin began talking with other representatives of the leadership of the military bloc, but was unable to continue due to a bout of severe coughing, so much so that the meeting had to be stopped and the president needed medical assistance,” said the TV channel, which there are sources in the Kremlin.
Earlier at the meeting, Putin was told that the loss of the Su-30 aircraft, in which two test pilots died, was hardly a sabotage.
The channel does not specify which of Putin’s relatives is allegedly concerned about his condition.
General SVR has long claimed that Putin has abdominal cancer, Parkinson’s disease and schizoaffective disorder.
His claims are impossible to verify, but he was one of the first to announce in advance the shape of Putin’s recent mobilization strategy.
It is reported that its author is an exiled Kremlin lieutenant general, known under the pseudonym Viktor Mikhailovich.
The channel said the Kremlin is trying to ban it, but so far without success.
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