According to The Sun, leaked emails from a confidential source confirm Russian President Vladimir Putin has pancreatic cancer, is the early stages of an aggressively progressive form of Parkinson’s Disease, and may also have prostate cancer.
The aforementioned reports, supposedly coming out of the Kremlin, insist Putin is taking a special cocktail of drugs which has been created just for him.
“I can confirm he has been diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s disease, but it’s already progressing,” the security services insider reportedly claimed.
“This fact will be denied in every possible way and hidden,” the source said, according to The Sun.
But Putin seems relatively normal, right?
Reportedly, some of those drugs he’s taking include high-powered stimulants which give him temporary vigor prior to public appearances and important meetings.
Taking psychotropic drugs, of course, can result in changes in one’s perception, mood, consciousness, or behavior.
Therefore, it’s no surprise another source told Sun Online that Putin might be suffering from “tormenting paranoia”.
“He’s totally insane – he seems to be suffering from persistent delusional tormenting paranoia,” they said.
“Perhaps it is aggravated by either his Parkinson’s, or terminal cancer he has been diagnosed with.”
And, no, he hasn’t looked normal lately. He continually fidgets as if he doesn’t know what to do with his hands.
In addition, he’s been seen clutching the edges of tables for long periods during briefings – And, of even greater consequence, he’s appeared to lose his cool on camera while delivering bloodcurdling militaristic threats to the West.
In May, Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, the UK secret intelligence agency, told Newsweek the Russian leader would be in a hospice by 2023. With that just seven weeks away, it doesn’t seem likely but if Putin’s alleged condition is as serious as some insiders say then it’s a possibility.
Now, what about those threats to the West?
Per The Sun, game theory specialist Georgy Egorov suggested that a Putin-led nuclear attack “makes sense” for him if he only has a few months to live.
“It makes sense to use nuclear weapons for Putin in only one situation – if the rumors about his health problems are true — if he has a few months left to live — he does not want to go down in history as a loser,” Egorov told Novaya Gazeta.
But yesterday, Jack Barsky, a former KGB agent, told Business Insider he seriously doubts Putin would use nukes.
“Vladimir Putin is not a suicide bomber. Vladimir Putin wants to live,” Barsky told Insider.
“During the Cold War, it was pretty tense and we got pretty close to nuclear war a couple of times. But the Soviet leaders were not suicidal. They didn’t wanna die. This was guaranteed mutual destruction. Vladimir Putin is not a suicide bomber. Vladimir Putin wants to live.”
Maybe Putin, when lucid and clearheaded, wouldn’t do anything stupid. But what if his thoughts are no longer sane, as at least one insider has suggested.
After the Russian president canceled a trip to Kazakhstan in July, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “everything is fine with his heath.”
Is Putin as ill as some think?
Is he sick at all?
Regardless, let’s hope there’s some semblance of checks and balances in the Russian government should he consider nuclear options.