Mystery as ‘sick’ Vladimir Putin suddenly postpones annual TV Q&A amid health rumors

The Russian president pulled out of the annual event, which has fueled speculation he is battling cancer or early-stage Parkinson’s disease, with a new date yet to be announced

Vladimir Putin was expected to ask tough questions about Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Vladimir Putin was expected to ask tough questions about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has abruptly postponed a marathon-standard live TV show in which he answers questions from ordinary Russians.

One theory is that he fears hostile interrogation because of the war in Ukraine. Another reason is that there could be concerns about the 69-year-old president’s health and his ability to watch TV for the usual three to four hours straight, reports say The sun.

The Direct Line to Vladimir Putin event has taken place in June for four of the last five years, with the exception of the first Covid-19 pandemic summer of 2020, when it took place in December.

The sudden delay came as a surprise given that it was announced five days ago that it would take place in the “foreseeable future,” shortly after the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which ends on June 18.

Russian President Vladimir Putin often answers around 70 questions in his in-depth Q&A

Picture: /east2west news)

Now his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the date it will take place is “unknown” and not in June.

The Q&A has run annually during Putin’s presidency since 2001, with the exception of 2004 and 2012. Millions of questions can be submitted, and Putin often answers around 70 in detail.

No reason was given for the delay, and Peskov indicated it would take place at a later date. But the postponement also comes amid rumors that Putin’s health is deteriorating.

There have been claims that he is battling blood, thyroid or stomach cancer and it has been suggested that he has early-stage Parkinson’s disease.

Some sources credible in the West say he underwent cancer treatment during the war.

The Kremlin says its health is robust, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently denied that Putin is ill.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin, indicated that the Q&A would take place at a later date



On June 3, Peskov was quoted as saying, “We expect it to happen in the foreseeable future.”

He pointed out that the Direct Line would take place shortly after June 18th. He said: “The Direct Line cannot take place this month. From a technical and content point of view, this is a complex event.

“The current preparations are underway. But it will move to the final stages once the deadlines are set.”

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