Vladimir Putin is a “hypochondriac” who is trying to “embalm while he’s still alive” with Botox, a British war studies professor has claimed.
Professor Michael Clarke, a fellow at King’s College London, said he had seen no evidence to prove conclusively that the Russian leader was ill.
The president has been plagued by health rumors in recent years amid claims he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease cancer after appearing shaky and bloated during his public appearances.
Vladimir Putin is a ‘hypochondriac’ trying to ’embalm himself while he’s still alive’ with Botox, a British war studies professor has claimed (pictured today)
Professor Michael Clarke, a fellow at King’s College London, said he had seen no evidence to prove conclusively that the Russian leader was ill (pictured today)
But a military expert said Putin regularly visits his team of doctors because of paranoia about his health.
Professor Clarke told Sky News: “He will be 70 on October 7th. He’s known to have hit Botox very hard, I always say he’s trying to embalm himself while he’s still alive – he takes a lot of Botox.
“He moves around with doctors, is known to have a small team of doctors who are never far away, and is said to leave appointments at frequent intervals to consult someone.
“I suspect he’s just a hypochondriac to be honest.
The defense and security expert added: “I’ve spoken to a number of people who say you can’t detect Parkinson’s by the way they walk, you can’t detect cancer symptoms just by looking at photographs.”
He said he had not seen enough “convincing evidence” to suggest that Putin is seriously ill and it will have an impact on his leadership.
But he added: “If he gets sick or becomes ill, it would be one way for Russia to say that the president has stepped down and Nikolai Patrushev – who is as vile as he is – will now be prosecuting the war.
“At the very least, it would be a change of face that the West could then do something about, but that’s really just a secondary option.”
It comes just days after a Kremlin insider claimed Putin had his doctors advised him not to make any “prolonged” public appearances because he had fallen ill during recent discussions with his military superiors.
The Russian president felt “sharp nausea, weakness and dizziness” when he got up from his desk after a recent video conference with advisers and military leaders, the General SVR Telegram channel reported last week.
Vladimir Putin (pictured last week) has been advised by doctors not to make any “prolonged” public appearances after falling ill during discussions with his military chiefs, a Kremlin insider has said.
“The president needed urgent medical attention,” claimed the channel, which is said to have sources in the Kremlin and has they have made repeated claims regarding Putin’s alleged health problems, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
The channel also cited the “dizziness” incident to explain last week’s sudden announcement that Putin’s annual live “Direct Line” — a question-and-answer marathon where he answers questions from ordinary Russians over the course of several hours — had been postponed with no replacement date set.
She was listed for the second half of June or early July, but no date is given now. Such inexplicable cancellations are causing theories about his deteriorating health to gain currency in the West.
Rumors of Putin’s deteriorating health have been circulating for years, but in light of recent events, they are gaining momentum.
Since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, countless photos and videos have emerged showing the Russian leader looking puffy and uncomfortable, while other clips show him experiencing seemingly uncontrollable leg tremors and walking with poor coordination.
He has previously been seen in footage with his hand shaking violently and also gripping the side of his chair for stability.
Weeks ago, an officer of Russia’s Federal Security Service declared that Putin “has no more than two to three years left to live.”
An FSB officer described the Russian president’s condition as a “severe form of rapidly advancing cancer” as speculation emerged that Putin was suffering from some form of serious illness amid the invasion of Ukraine.
Putin reportedly underwent a “successful” cancer operation and is recovering after doctors advised that the treatment was “necessary,” the General SVR Telegram channel reported.
This infamous picture of a bloated, hunched Putin clutching a table while talking to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier in the war sparked speculation about his deteriorating health.
The SVR general claims the author is an exiled Kremlin lieutenant general, known by the alias Viktor Mikhailovich, who allegedly has access to information the Kremlin refuses to release.
He was the first source to suggest that Putin was suffering from cancer.
British intelligence sources have also been quoted in various media reports as saying that Putin’s health is deteriorating.
However, the head of Kyiv’s military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, has previously said he fears the Russian leader still has ‘a few years’ left in him.
His comments suggested that Ukrainians believe Putin is suffering from cancer, but it is unclear how severe the condition might be and to what extent it might hinder Putin’s ability to direct Russia’s military strategy and exert influence on the ground.
The major general also claimed that Putin was the target of an assassination attempt shortly after his invasion began.
He said the failed bid was made by representatives of the Caucasus, but did not disclose further details.
The report echoed other claims that top Russian officials are said to be planning a government without Putin, with Kremlin sources saying insiders are already looking at ways to replace the Russian president.
Meduza news quoted sources as saying that senior figures in Russia’s FSB and GRU security services – referred to as “hawks” – believe Putin botched the invasion and want to take control of the operation.
One method of “moving things along” without the need for a violent coup would be to place him in a long-term hospital for the terminally ill, suggested former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove.
Rumors persist in Moscow that Putin recently underwent surgery to treat his illness.
However, in an interview with French television, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that no one “sanely” sees any signs of illness in Putin, who reportedly has his food tested before eating it and forbids his staff from standing too close to him.
“You can watch him on screens, read and listen to his speeches,” Lavrov said in comments published by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“I leave it to those who spread such rumours.
It comes after a new report revealed that his bodyguards have been collecting his excrement on foreign trips in an attempt to prevent people from gathering information about his health.
Members of the Federal Protective Service are “responsible for collecting his bodily waste” in special packages that are stored in a dedicated briefcase until he returns to Russia.
According to two investigative journalists from the French news magazine Paris Match, collecting Putin’s excrement is part of the work of the Federal Protective Service, as they are tasked with protecting high-ranking government officials at all costs.
Reporters Regis Gente, who has written two books on Russia, and Mikhail Rubin, who has covered Russian current events for more than a decade, say two examples of Putin’s excrement collection were from the president’s visit to France on May 29, 2017, and to Saudi Arabia in in October 2019.