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Vladimir Putin is “constantly” accompanied by a doctor specialising in thyroid cancer as rumours of his ill health refuse to disappear, a new investigation shows.
Surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov, of Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital, has flown to the Russian leader no less than 35 times in Black Sea resort Sochi, his favourite place of residence.
The respected doctor’s thesis – showing his area of medical expertise – was entitled: ”Peculiarities of diagnostics and surgical treatment of elderly and senile patients with thyroid cancer".
This follows reports that Putin is dying in agony from terminal bowel cancer, according to intelligence from the Pentagon and in Ukraine.
His “puffy face” is a sign he is taking chemotherapy drugs or steroids and his unsmiling expression shows he is in constant pain, US sources say.
The recent discovery by investigative media Project (or Proekt) media – blocked in Russia and now functioning from abroad – backs recent theories that Putin declared war when he was suffering medical problems hidden from the Russian people.
One version is that he has been treated with steroids, leading to a bloated look around the face and neck.
There has been widespread speculation in the West that Putin had serious medical issues when he launched the war in Ukraine.
“We promised to reveal to you the main secret of the Kremlin. Of course, we are talking about the health of Vladimir Putin,” said Project media.
The report identified medics who regularly travel with Putin – who will be 70 in October – on trips, and especially in Sochi which Putin prefers to Moscow.
Apart from the thyroid cancer specialist, another was a neurosurgeon.
The report stated: “It is generally accepted that in the 23rd year of his reign, the President of Russia is only interested in geopolitics.
“In fact, there is at least one other issue that Putin is hardly less worried about – his own health.”
It stated: “Putin has publicly shown interest in the problem of thyroid cancer.
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The report went on: “There is indeed talk in medical circles about the president's health problems.
“Especially these conversations intensified in the early autumn of last year, when Putin behaved especially strangely.
“After a long stay in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of state finally began to get out to meet people.
“On September 13, he met with the Paralympians and even allowed the athletes to tightly surround him.
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“That is how, standing in a crowd of people, Putin suddenly announced that he had to go into isolation, because there were too many people around who were sick with the coronavirus."
The medical problems appeared to get worse from 2016-17.
Putin was at this time treated by another specialist Dr Dmitry Verbovoy, an expert in acute illnesses, injuries and poisonings.
Another was Dr Konstantin Sim, an orthopaedic traumatologist, possibly helping with ice hockey injuries.
“The president was regularly accompanied to Sochi by an average of five doctors,” said the report.
The report said that Putin has five times suddenly disappeared from view on medically related absences.
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