Inside occult world of Mad Vlad whose obsession with 'blood rituals & mind reading is pushing world to brink of WW3' | The Sun

VLADIMIR Putin has an occult obsession which ranges from mind reading to blood rituals, experts have claimed.

The paranoid and reportedly increasingly ill leader is claimed to swear by the ramblings of a psychic whose "mind readings" have taken the world to the brink of nuclear armageddon.

Deeply superstitious Vlad is also claimed to fear shaman curses, had a black dog and eagle ritually sacrificed, and even bathes in "magic" deer antler blood to boost his sex drive.

Putin and his inner circle of cronies “believe in a lot of magical things” – according to researchers.

And some of these beliefs may have in part led to Russia's disastrous invasion of Ukraine.

Russian writer Oleg Kashin, who has extensively researched Putin's links to the occult, told The Sun Online how Vlad's worldview has been shaped by the "mind readings" of a spy named Georgy Rogozin.


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Rogozin was a KGB commander with an interest in the paranormal – researching telepathy, parapsychology and other spurious fields of study, even himself claiming to have "powers".

Dubbed "Merlin in the Kremlin" or Nostradamus in Uniform", he claimed to be able to read minds, summon spirits, and even predicted the future for Putin's predecessor Boris Yeltsin.

And his influence is said to still hold sway on over Putin – even though he died in 2014.

"The deranged hallucinations of a long-dead Kremlin psychic have resulted in a real war and taken the world to the brink of nuclear war,” Kashin told The Sun Online.

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“It's impossible to avoid the mysticism that surrounds the decisions of Putin and his circle.

"They believe in a lot of magical things.”

Rogozin claimed he penetrated the mind of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

After lying down and falling into a hypnotic trance while staring at a photograph of her, he claimed to have found Albright had an extreme hatred of Russia.

America wanted Russia to be stripped of Siberia with the US given access to its huge reserves of oil, he claimed.

Despite there being no factual basis whatsoever, throughout his time in office Putin has regularly cited this as fact – as has Nikolai Patrushev, one of the tyrant's closest advisers.

As well as his belief in the psychic powers of Rogozin which shaped his world view, Putin is said to have a firm belief in the supernatural.

Kashin said the strange case of the "Siberian Shaman" Aleksandr Gabyshev as an example of this.

Gabyshev began a march to Moscow back in 2019 with the aim of performing rituals that would "purge" the "demon" spirit of Putin.

Despite being reported with a vague amusement in the West – it was a threat that rattled Vlad.

Gabyshev was arrested before he could get to the Russian capital and currently languishes in a psychiatric hospital.

“Russian laws don’t prohibit shamans and the only reason for his arrest, I’m sure, is that Putin believed in these rituals and was worried about them,” said Kashin.

Russia expert Paul Gregory, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, agrees that Putin took Gabyshev seriously as it fits into the wider beliefs of many Russians.

“While a Western public may find the shaman’s exorcism quest funny, Mr. Putin does not,” he said, writing in the Washington Times.

“A high percentage of Russians believe in the supernatural. Russian security forces even employ mind readers in their intelligence operations.”

During the Cold War both the United States and the KGB began exploring how they could harness the paranormal.

The programme was enthusiastically backed by Rogozin’s boss Boris Ratnikov, who believed Russia was engaged in a paranormal war with its foes.

“Almost all the people with supernatural powers were controlled by the KGB,” Ratnikov once said. 

“You can’t even imagine the war of brains that unfolded in the first half of the last century. I’m hardly exaggerating when I say that sometimes there were astral battles.”

Putin served as a KGB officer, though it’s unknown if he came into direct contact with its paranormal activities.

Yuri Felshtinsky, a leading expert on Russian and a critic of Putin, the author of of Blowing up Ukraine: The Return of Russian Terror and the Threat of World War III, said it’s likely the mindreadings fed into Putin’s existing beliefs.

“Putin believes in another myth which he created or which was created for him,” he said.

“As long as the reports and info serves the purpose, why should Putin or Patrushev dismiss a report by the FSB expert who managed to read the mind of a foreign official?

“Could you prove that there is a God? No. Could you prove that Albright does not think that Siberia should not belong to Russia? No.

“I am sure it will become a topic for some books written after the war.

"I am sure that after this war there will be a chapter on FSB sponsored mysticism.”

Further claims about Putin’s weird beliefs come from the political analyst Valery Solovey, who said that the Russian leader himself also used shamans to make ritual sacrifices.

They include that of a black dog so he could drink its blood to ensure victory in Ukraine, he alleges.

Solovey – known for his conspiracy theories – also claimed shamans went to Putin’s residence at Sochi on the Black Sea to sacrifice an eagle. 

Putin is also known to be extremely superstitious, as the famous musical theatre supremo Andrew Lloyd Webber once recalled, according to the BBC.

Lloyd Webber was due to interview Putin but was advised to cut a question relating to Mikhail Bulgakov’s famous novel The Master of Margharita. 

“[Putin] was reading the novel when he came back to St Petersburg in the early Nineties and there was a terrible fire, so from then on he refuses to have anything to do with The Master of Margharita or Bulgakov,” Putin’s press secretary is said to have told Lloyd Webber.

Meanwhile, reports have claimed Putin  bathes in deer antler blood to boost his sex drive and general health.

The claims comes from Proekt, a Russian investigative journalism outlet that has since been banned by the country.

The barbaric ancient ritual, dubbed a "natural viagra", is said to boost male potency, despite being condemned by animal rights groups.

He is said to have been introduced to antler baths by the current Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, in the early 2000s.

The Russian leader's bizarre habit for blood baths was first reported on in 2017.

As the war continues, western spies fear Putin’s weird views will drive on the bloodshed.

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“It’s like sitting here in 1942 trying to profile Hitler, who also believed in mumbo jumbo,” a U.S. intelligence analyst who profiles Putin told The Daily Beast.

“You can’t take it seriously, but you must take it into consideration.”

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