Russia’s defense minister ‘has heart attack after Putin accuses him of botching invasion’ – World News

There was no evidence of Sergei Shoigu’s allegedly televised meeting, and some feigned tears amid rumors the previously missing minister had suffered a heart attack after being accused by Putin

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Russia has tried to quash rumors that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu suffered a heart attack after being confronted by an irate Vladimir Putin.

Previously prominent Sogui – who has not been seen in public since March 11 – was shown on TV today looking stressed and tired as he allegedly chaired a meeting, with skeptics suggesting the footage was fake.

Russia’s warmongering leader is rumored to have blamed Shoigu, previously one of his closest and most trusted allies, for the botched invasion of Ukraine, and rumors have circulated of his apparent disappearance.

Ukraine’s government adviser Anton Gerashchenko claimed on Friday there was speculation that Shoigu suffered either heart problems or an actual heart attack following a “harsh allegation” by Putin.

Wax-faced 66-year-old Army General Shoigu was shown on a broadcast today reading from notes at what appeared to be a crisis meeting to get more money from the Treasury Department for his disastrous war.

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The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, as he appeared in a broadcast today – some viewers doubted the accuracy


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There is also speculation that at the start of the war Shoigu – like other members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle – sought his resignation, but that his request was rejected by the strongman.

There was no direct evidence as to when today’s televised shoigu session took place, although it clearly referred to the “special military operation” – Kremlin-speak for war – that was underway in Ukraine.

The defense secretary told military officials after a meeting with the Treasury Department that it was important to keep up the pace of arms shipments to troops.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) during the military parade marking Russia’s Navy Day last July


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He looked tense and tired.

Shoigu’s previous definitive appearance was on March 11, although Russians say he attended a video conference with Vladimir Putin on March 24.

Skeptics believed this to be fake with Shoigu’s face on screen, but probably not actually present.

Ukrainian government adviser Anton Gerashchenko on Friday took up speculation in Moscow that Shoigu had suffered either heart problems or an actual heart attack.

Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via video link outside Moscow



“Shoigu’s heart attack happened after a harsh reproach from Putin about a complete failure of the invasion of Ukraine,” said the Ukrainian.

He seems to be alluding to a Moscow version that Putin and Shoigu fell out in the early days of the war in February, when it became clear that a quick victory was out of the question.

One claim is that security has been tightened around Shoigu – ostensibly to stop Western assassinations.

Some in the inner circle felt this as a “form of arrest,” it said.

Vladimir Putin (L) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) in August last year


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Shoigu – who has been named as a plausible successor to Putin – complained that his health was deteriorating, but the Russian head of state was unsympathetic.

At one point, Putin was informed that Shoigu “didn’t feel well and complained of pain and burning in the area of ​​the heart.”

The Russian president denied his friend medical attention and instead branded Hum a “simulator,” according to the General SVR Telegram channel, which inside sources claim.

Vladimir Putin with Alexander Bortnikov (R) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) in 2014


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“Only after the president was informed that Shoigu had lost consciousness did Putin allow doctors to be admitted.”

It is also alleged that Shoigu tried to resign on March 10 but was turned down by Putin, who said he would be transferred to other duties after the war.

Sergei Shoigu at the Russian Defense Ministry building


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Meanwhile, Putin is said to have taken military advice on the war from Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, and not from Shoigu, whose role at meetings is that of an “extra”.

There were rumors that others who wanted to resign since the beginning of the year included Central Bank governor Elvira Nabiullina, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov and even Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Vladimir Putin leads a meeting with members of the Security Council via video link



Nabiullina was persuaded by Putin to work “several months” to ease the major financial crisis now engulfing sanctions-hit Russia before she was allowed to resign and even emigrate.

Shoigu’s daughter Ksenia, 31, a financial analyst, caused surprise by posing with her baby in a picture dominated by the blue and yellow colors of Ukraine.

In June last year, his older sister Larisa died of Covid.

In the video released today, Shoigu said, “In view of the implementation of the special military operation, this year it is necessary to maintain the prescribed pace for the delivery of advanced weapons to the troops.”

This was to include “robot systems, information support, and electronic warfare… and logistics.”

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