Rumors and speculation about the health of Russian President Vladimir Putin have always surfaced. However, a recent rumor has stirred things up, leading people to wonder if there’s more to it than meets the eye.
According to anonymous sources, Putin’s security team rushed to his private room due to unusual noises. They reportedly found Putin on the ground, convulsing. Apparently it was chaos, food and drinks were spilled and doctors were trying to save the situation. This news apparently caused panic among Putin’s close associates.
The Kremlin quickly dismissed the claims as a “ridiculous hoax” and assured everyone that Putin was fine.
This story comes from a Telegram channel called “General SVR,” known for posting unverified claims about Putin’s health. The channel, which claims to be run by former members of the Russian intelligence services, has a history of broadcasting dubious information that appears to suit Russia’s interests.
James Nixey, director of Russia-Eurasia programs at Chatham House, suggests the channel could serve the Kremlin’s agenda by sowing confusion. He also notes that constant rumors about Putin’s health might be more wishful thinking than reality.
He told The Independent: “What is absolutely clear is that this particular channel has a history of spreading disinformation and that this is in the service of the Russian state. It suits the Kremlin to sow confusion .”
Nixey points out that at 71, Putin likely has access to top-notch health care and does not lead as unhealthy a lifestyle as some of his predecessors.
He said: “It can be assumed that he is in fairly good health.”
As for the identity of the people behind “General SVR”, it remains a mystery.
Historian Dr. Mark Geolotti believes it is highly unlikely that anyone close to Putin would divulge information about his health. He notes that Putin’s inner circle is very secretive and that sometimes even his whereabouts in Russia are unknown, let alone his health.
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