Russian media outlet suggests Vladimir Putin may have been treated for cancer

A Russian media outlet recently alleged that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has regularly undergone treatment for thyroid cancer. 

According to the Washington Examiner, the claim was made by an independent Russian media outlet called Proekt, known in English as The Project.

Doctors have made regular visits to Putin

It asserted that Russian oncology surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov has visited Putin’s home in Sochi some three dozen times since 2012.

What’s more, the 69-year-old is said to have received frequent visits from ear, nose, and throat specialists Igor Esakov and Alexei Shcheglov.

The paper then argued that Putin’s prolonged absence late last month was evidence that the head of state had undergone surgery.

It noted that he “did not appear in public for the entire month of September. In medical circles, it is believed that the president was undergoing a complicated procedure related to some kind of thyroid disease during this period.”

Putin alleged to have bathed in blood from deer antlers

In addition to conventional medical treatments, the media outlet further suggested that Putin has experimented with unorthodox traditional practices.

Among them is taking baths in blood obtained from deer antlers, which is said to be an accepted practice in a region of eastern Russia known as Altai, which borders Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Putin has apparently traveled to the region on several occasions.

Proekt asserts that the blood is obtained by sawing off antlers in the springtime when they are known to be “soft and full of blood.”

Roman Badanin serves as Proekt’s editor in chief, and in addition to publishing the article on Putin’s possible health struggles, he also released a video explaining why his outlet’s investigation was necessary.

“Over the course of Putin’s 23-year rule, the country doesn’t know a word of truth about the physical and emotional condition of the person ruling over it,” the Examiner quoted Badanin as saying.

Still, the report pointed out that Putin has already fared better than many of his predecessors, stating, “On October 7 of this year, President Putin is to celebrate his 70th birthday.”

“Joseph Stalin had already had his second stroke by that age, Leonid Brezhnev had become so incapacitated that the real power had gone to his entourage, Yuri Andropov did not live to see this date at all, and Boris Yeltsin resigned as a deeply unhealthy man,” it added.

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