It’s been nearly 11 months since Russia launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Soon after the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a stark message to countries looking to intervene on his enemy’s behalf.
“To anyone who would consider interfering from outside: If you do, you will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history,” he said emphatically.
“All the relevant decisions have been taken. I hope you hear me.”
The world was wondering if had Putin gone mad. And then, almost immediately, we started hearing rumors of Putin’s physical demise.
Based on numerous reports from supposed various confidential sources, Putin had pancreatic cancer, an aggressive form of Parkinson’s Disease, and possibly prostate cancer. And those reports, supposedly leaked from the Kremlin, insisted Putin was taking a special cocktail of drugs that had been created just for him.
“He is really insane – he really has lost his mind,” a supposed Russian security services agent told the Sun.
And yes, we’ve seen pictures and videos of Putin that have left us wondering about his health.
He might have a non-serious form of Parkinson’s that causes his fingers to tremble, but I’m not convinced he’s terminally ill.
When Putin spoke on New Year’s Day, he looked well for a ‘dying man’ and no different than he did over 10 months earlier when he publicly announced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As the months go by, we’re not seeing any noticeable deterioration in Putin’s movements, speech, or weight.
Russian leaders are masters of disinformation as deceit has long been an integral part of the Russian government for decades if not centuries.
Perhaps the Kremlin is purposely leaking disinformation about Putin’s health to give Russia an advantage. Maybe they hope Ukraine and NATO underestimate Putin’s resolve and decision-making at a time of war.
More significantly, if the rumors are deliberate disinformation, it’s likely an attempt by Russian leaders to scare NATO to the core. If NATO believes Putin is seriously ill and mentally unstable, they’ll be more fearful of what he might do and far more cautious in their dealings with Russia.
Do you think Putin is healthy?