Vladimir Putin is said to have felt “sharp nausea, weakness and dizziness” as he got up from his desk after a virtual meeting with military chiefs and “needed urgent medical attention”.
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Vladimir Putin has been advised by doctors not to make “lengthy” public appearances after he began to feel ill while speaking to military chiefs, according to a new claim.
He felt “sharp nausea, weakness and dizziness” when he got up from his desk after the hour-and-a-half virtual session, the General SVR Telegram Channel reported.
“The president was in urgent need of medical attention,” said the channel, which has repeatedly made claims about Putin’s alleged medical problems, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
The claims – which the broadcaster says are based on inside information – are impossible to verify, but the theory that he has health problems is gaining traction in the West.
The channel cited the “hoax” incident to explain an abrupt announcement this week that Putin’s annual “Direct Line” live broadcast — a Q&A session in which he answers questions from ordinary Russians — had been postponed without a specific date.
It was slated for the second half of June or early July, but no date is now given.
Nevertheless, Putin was seen in a rather rare public appearance in Moscow on Thursday.
He was close to several people at an event marking Peter the Great’s 350th birthday and a meeting with young entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists at the same venue, suggesting there are fewer concerns than before that he might catch Covid.
He boasted that with his war in Ukraine he was following in the footsteps of the tsar who had wrested land from Sweden.
“What did (Peter) do? Take it back and step it up,” he said.
“He did. And it looks like it fell on us to take it back and step it up, too.”
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He also admitted that Russians will have to wait a decade to live better after the country was cut off from the world by sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.
When meeting young entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists, he was asked: “So will we live better in 10 years?”
He replied: “Yes, in the end that [reaching the goals I have set] will lead to a better quality of life.”
Some more recent images show him more frail or with a bloated face while he was seen clinging to the side of desks to keep his hand from shaking, critics say.
But General SVR said: “The postponement of the live [Direct Line] with the President for an indefinite period is due to the unstable health of Vladimir Putin.
“A week ago, the President was preparing to answer questions from Russian citizens in late June-early July.
“But his doctors advised him not to make any lengthy public appearances any time soon.
“The most recent argument for not speaking to the public was an incident following a recent videolink hour-and-a-half meeting with military bloc officials…
“After the meeting, Putin felt severe nausea, weakness and dizziness when trying to get up from the table.
“The President needed urgent medical attention.”
Direct Line has aired in June for four of the last five years.
In 2020 it was postponed to December due to the pandemic.
The format sees Putin answering questions for a solid four hours, but the channel said: “Lately the president has been tiring a lot quicker.
“If Putin’s health can be stabilized, perhaps Direct Line will take place in August.
“The Russian President’s uneasiness has become increasingly difficult to conceal lately.”
General SVR claims to be authored by an exiled Kremlin lieutenant general insider known by the pseudonym Viktor Mikhailovich, who is said to have access to Putin’s secrets.
It was the first source to suggest that Putin had cancer.
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