Is Russian President Putin Battling ‘Severe Form of Cancer?’

Has Russian President Vladimir Putin been battling a serious cancer diagnosis?
Russian President Vladimir Putin (screen capture)

The Daily Mail (I know, I know, taken with a grain of salt…) reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been diagnosed with a ‘severe form of rapidly progressing cancer.’

From The Daily Mail:

Vladimir Putin has reportedly been given warned he has just three years to live as Russian intelligence sources become increasingly worried about their ailing leader.

An FSB officer described the Russian president’s condition as a ‘severe form of rapidly progressing cancer’, as speculation ramped up that Putin was suffering with some form of serious illness amid the invasion of Ukraine.

The spy explained the wartime leader has ‘no more than two to three years’ left and he is also losing his sight.

Putin reportedly underwent ‘successful’ cancer surgery this month and is recovering following advice from medics that treatment was ‘essential’, according to Telegram channel General SVR.

The news emerged just hours before Putin appeared on state TV meeting with ally Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi, when he was caught on camera awkwardly twisting his feet while the pair sat down for talks.

Rumors about Putin’s health have been swirling for a couple of years. Both Parkinson’s and cancer have been mentioned in the past but the invasion of Ukraine has brought renewed attention to his health.

I know The Daily Mail can traffic in some tabloid news spaces, but that’s usually in the celebrity niche. I’m inclined to think the news outlet wouldn’t be reporting something this serious – especially with the war in Ukraine going on – unless they thought there was some ‘there’ there.

Other major outlets are now picking up on the unconfirmed reports…