Vladimir Putin has had 35 visits to his Black Sea retreat by a thyroid cancer doctor and is a regular on steroids, according to documents revealing the Russian president’s medical condition.
utin flew Yevgeny Selivanov, a Moscow specialist in thyroid cancer for “elderly and senile people,” to his residence in Sochi repeatedly for a total of 166 days over four years.
According to a report exposing his poor health as the Kremlin’s “top secret,” Putin has taken up bathing in blood from severed deer antlers as an alternative therapy.
Treatment for thyroid cancer usually involves steroids, which charities say can induce anxiety and hallucinations.
Western intelligence sources have already raised concerns about Putin’s mental state.
Steroids can also cause swelling, including a condition known as “moon face.” Putin’s puffy appearance has previously sparked rumors of cosmetic surgery.
The Kremlin denies that Putin, 69, has cancer, but Proekt, a banned Russian investigative news organization, said it had evidence it was a lie.
Proekt revealed that Putin, who disappeared from public view for a month in September and now conducts most of his interactions at one end of a long table, has an entourage of medical staff around him.
It said that Putin underwent a secret operation last fall. It is believed in medical circles that during this time the President underwent a complicated procedure related to some type of thyroid condition.
Proekt uncovered the details by examining government procurement documents showing which doctors stayed at four hotels near Putin’s residence between 2016 and 2020 when he was either visiting the city or disappearing from public view.
During an eight-day period in August 2017, the report said, six medics were in Sochi, including Mr Selivanov and otolaryngologist – a term used for specialists in head and neck surgery whose area of responsibility may include the thyroid – Alexey Shcheglov.
Mr Shcheglov visited Putin 59 times over a total of 282 days between 2016 and 2019. Other members of the medical team included anesthesiologists, a neurosurgeon, an infectious disease specialist and an intensive care physician.
“The president was regularly accompanied to Sochi by an average of five doctors,” the report says, adding that “Putin has shown public interest in the problem of thyroid cancer.”
The report claims that Putin also bathes in deer antler blood as an alternative therapy. Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, introduced Putin to antler baths in the early 2000s.
The extract is obtained from red deer antlers and removed with a saw in spring when the antlers are full of fresh blood.
Clinics that sell antler baths claim that the practice brings various health benefits. According to a clinic in the Siberian Altai Mountains, one of these advantages is “male potency”.
The report said: “An acquaintance of the President claims he was warned that there was no conclusive evidence on the benefits of antler baths. But Putin liked it, and since then he has visited Altai several times.”
After the outbreak of the pandemic, Putin, who was conducting a hospital visit in a full biohazard suit, held most of his meetings via video link.
He would only allow a few visitors to see him in person “after a two-week quarantine and stool test.”
Putin’s health and personal life are closely guarded. During a visit to Ukraine in 2010, he appeared to have bruised cheekbones, leading to reports that he may have had cosmetic surgery. The Kremlin said the light fell “badly” on Putin’s face.
Thyroid cancer has an 84 percent survival rate. Cancer Research UK advice warns that 6 per cent of people experience serious mental health problems when taking steroids.
It states: “Rarely, steroids can produce a reaction called steroid-induced psychosis. People can get excited and confused and imagine things that aren’t real.”
Meanwhile, the Red Cross said it was forced to abandon a move yesterday to bus civilians out of the besieged city of Mariupol.
City authorities said the Russians blocked access to Mariupol.
“We see no real desire on the part of the Russians and their satellites to allow Mariupol residents to evacuate to the Ukrainian-controlled area,” said Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the city’s mayor.
Around 100,000 people are believed to have remained in the city, up from 430,000 before the war. There are now serious shortages of water, food, fuel and medicines.
“We are running out of adjectives to describe the horrors suffered by residents of Mariupol,” said Ewan Watson, spokesman for the Red Cross. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)
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