...By Henry George for TDPel Media.
Rumours of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ill-health have been circulating for some time, with many speculating that he is suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s disease, or both.
These rumours have been fuelled by recent videos showing him limping and shaking.
Now, it is claimed that Putin suffered a “nervous breakdown” after switching to stronger cancer medication.
Several sources in Russia are reporting that the 70-year-old leader’s battle with cancer is more serious than many realise, and that he has been put on stronger medication.
The General SVR Telegram channel, which claims to be run by a Kremlin insider, reported that Putin “probably had a nervous breakdown” on Tuesday (April 18).
The channel claimed that Putin was found sitting on the floor near a sofa, wearing only a wet white t-shirt and a black sock on his right leg.
He was weeping hysterically and did not respond to appeals or attempts to determine what was happening.
It is claimed that Putin was injected with an “antipsychotic drug,” which made him feel better, and that doctors cancelled the new medication he was taking due to debilitating side effects.
Valery Solovey, a former professor at Moscow’s prestigious Institute of International Relations, also said Putin had been put on new treatment after the first two medicines did not work.
He noted that it is possible to prolong life in the form of a “zombie” for a long time with modern medicine, but that it is not possible to be a public person in that state.
The rumours about Putin’s health and the use of a body double during his recent visit to Ukraine have been widely discussed by non-state-run outlets in Russia.
The speculation and uncertainty surrounding Putin’s health are a reminder of the importance of transparency and openness from leaders.
It is crucial for leaders to be honest about their health and to provide the public with accurate information, as it affects their ability to lead and make decisions.
Additionally, the rumours about Putin’s health highlight the importance of having contingency plans in place for leadership transitions, especially in countries with authoritarian regimes.