Putin’s Coronavirus Illness
President Vladimir Putin continues to be isolated from the world due to his coronavirus illness. Despite the fact that he is chairing a security council meeting, world leaders have to sit dozens of metres away from him. The supposed attackers came from the Caucasus region, according to the military intelligence chief in Ukraine. This means the Russian president has a hard time meeting world leaders, even those who are sitting close to him. The resulting isolation has left some world leaders worried about the president’s health.
Russia’s war on Ukraine
Many people think that Putin’s war on Ukraine is a purely political move. In fact, it is an effort to destabilize Ukraine and force its people to accept the Russian way of life. In the past, Putin has talked of demilitarizing the country, denazification, and liberating the Donbas region. He has also threatened NATO and the West, and his remarks have wavered between bellicose threats and opening up a window for negotiations. But what can be done to save the Putin regime from its own health?
Russia is testing its Westlessness through this attack on Ukraine. It’s trying to prove to the world that it doesn’t need the West. The great powers of Asia are watching closely and haven’t reacted to the Russian atrocities in Ukraine. India and China, for example, have stepped up their economic cooperation with the Russian regime and have not reacted to the recent attack on Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Western sanctions are set to destroy Russia’s economy and the livelihood of its citizens.
If Russia were to win this war, it would likely win on the battlefield. However, it’s unlikely to win on the battlefield, and Putin’s chances of maintaining a long-term protectorate are becoming increasingly bleak. But the ultimate outcome of the conflict will depend on how the West responds and the Ukrainians’ willingness to fight. That’s because Putin has a lot of other problems that are more important than winning this war.
Putin’s back problems
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s back problems have been the subject of much speculation since he was spotted limping in a Vladivostok forum last month. Reuters cited anonymous sources in government saying that Putin pulled a muscle. Peskov dismissed the claims as “baseless” and said that Putin’s back injury is a “typical sports injury.” He also said nothing further aggravated the condition after the flight.
One oligarch, known only by the pseudonym “Yuri,” claimed that Putin is suffering from blood cancer. According to Yuri, the number of health problems Putin has are connected to blood cancer. But his claim has also raised questions about whether or not the president is using steroid drugs to treat his health condition. The Russian tyrant underwent back surgery in October 2021. Since then, it’s become a symbol for Putin’s hyper-cautious approach to COVID-19.
According to Vedomosti, Putin’s back problem was caused by a hang-gliding accident, but the Kremlin later denied the reports. But Vedomosti claimed that Putin injured his back during a hang-gliding trip in Siberia, and the President was seen sporting a back brace as he prepared for back surgery. However, Putin’s back problems have not stopped him from doing things that he loves. For example, he fell off his skates while ice-hockey game in 2017 and skidded across the ice with his feet in the air. A similar incident happened in 2019, when Putin face-planted on the ice during a victory lap.
While the Kremlin has refused to offer a clear explanation, reports have suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin is suffering from thyroid cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. While no official confirmation has been given by the Kremlin, reports have been circulating for years about Putin’s failing health. The Russian president is known for his tough man image, but recent public appearances have shown a weakened and bloated Putin. Reports claim that Putin’s personal surgeon specializes in treating the condition.
There is a growing body of evidence linking the president to the condition, with several doctors permanently accompanying the Russian President. The number of doctors who treat Putin has risen from five in 2016 to nine in 2019. The most frequent medical visitor is an oncologist named Evgeny Selivanov, who has spent 35 days with Putin. Putin has also been seen by otolaryngologists, specialists in the diseases of the throat, ear, and nose. In 2016, the doctors told Putin that they suspected he had thyroid cancer. There were five physicians accompanying Putin to Sochi. In 2019, he traveled with nine doctors.
The symptoms of thyroid cancer include a thick nodule in the thyroid area, difficulty swallowing, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, hoarseness, and an unpleasant scratchy feeling in the throat and behind the sternum. In addition to these symptoms, the president’s health has been a subject of intense speculation, especially after reports surfaced that the Russian president had undergone plastic surgery. The Kremlin has been notorious for providing vague information about his health to the public.
Covid-19 pandemic effect on Putin’s Health
The Russian president says life goes on despite the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Putin said he is vaccinated against the virus and has held several public engagements indoors. The Russian state coronavirus task force said on Wednesday that 141,883 news infections have been recorded. A month earlier, that figure was around 15,000 a day. The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, did not say when Putin began self-isolation or how many times he has been inoculated against the virus.
The Russian government has been largely ignoring the threat of COVID-19 for months, while many people are taking advantage of their week-long paid holiday. Despite the growing severity of the pandemic, Russian officials have publicly lamented that vaccination rates are so low that even the most vulnerable groups are reluctant to get vaccinated. The Russian government has a history of attempting to delegate responsibility, but not always successfully.
In spite of the lack of transparency and inadequacy of state vaccines, Russia is a country where COVID-19 deaths are outpacing global averages. While the official death toll is more than 1200 per day, demographer Alexey Raksha estimates that the number is closer to four thousand per day.
Yeltsin’s quintuple bypass surgery
President Boris Yeltsin had five bypasses performed at a Moscow hospital in 1996. The five surgeries were designed to repair blockages in the main coronary arteries, which led to an enlarged left ventricle. During the surgery, Yeltsin remained on a respirator until his lungs could work on their own. Although the operation was risky, Yeltsin remained optimistic, and his wife Naina spoke on television about her husband’s upcoming heart surgery.
Dr. DeBakey’s confidence in the Russian heart surgeon was justified. While initially specialized in microsurgery, Dr. Akchurin honed his skills using an operating microscope. His medical bosses saw his talent and invited him to train under DeBakey. The surgeon promised Mr. Yeltsin that he would observe the procedure, and he did, bringing a team of doctors and equipment with him to watch the procedure.
Boris Yeltsin’s heart had been weak for years. He had double pneumonia and a recurring ulcer within a year of the surgery. His health improved in the past year, but he was hospitalized again in February for back problems and a bleeding ulcer. He rarely appeared in public after his surgery and rarely appeared to be in the best of health.
Pyenson’s assessment of Putin’s health
Many people claim to understand the state of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s health, but they have been missing one important piece of information: a medical expert’s opinion. Putin is currently leading the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A 12-minute video clip of his meeting with his defense minister shows him gripping the table, slouching, and tapping his foot. In the video, Putin’s face is bloated.
A former British spy, Christopher Steele, has lobbed his own disturbing assessment of Putin’s health and grip on power. He has said that Putin is surrounded by doctors and that state business is routinely interrupted for medical treatment. While he is careful to point out that exact details of any possible ailment are unknown, he does say that Putin is ill and is suffering from chronic back pain.
The recent video of Vladimir Putin has stirred controversy. The video shows him holding the edge of the table for 12 minutes, and appears to be steadying himself with his left foot. This has caused further speculation. And has raised the question of whether the Russian president may be suffering from Parkinson’s disease or steroid treatment. Putin’s appearance during the May 9 Victory Day parade carries a special significance in this context.
The rumor mill has continued to spin while Russia prepared for the annexation of Crimea and military operations in Eastern Ukraine. While the media have been relentlessly scrutinizing Putin’s speech, gait, and appearance, Pyenson’s assessment of Putin’s health is still in the early stages. The rumor mill was even more active last month, as he conducted his annual call-in show.