Does Vladimir Putin Really Have Cancer?

( 19FortyFive asks, “Is Putin Going to the Hospital?”

Apart from his supporters in Iran and North Korea, most of the world would prefer that Vladimir Putin fall ill and be forced to resign from the presidency and relinquish power. That might help Ukraine win the war.

Putin is not giving up easily, despite displaying some symptoms of illness. Is he ill, or is he just slowing down from the strain of a failed war?

Putin’s decision to postpone his annual press conference is one development that has observers of Russia speculating.

It’s uncharacteristic of him to have this chance to snidely respond to or avoid the probing questions of foreign journalists. The news conference won’t be held for the first time in ten years.

According to some reports, Putin may have Parkinson’s disease or some type of cancer, such as pancreatic, stomach, or colon cancer. His hand appears to have had needle marks on it.  At times, Putin has had an unsteady, bloated appearance. He has been pictured tightly gripping a table, possibly to hide unsteadiness.

British author John Sweeney says Putin may have once fallen off a horse and required steroid therapy to heal. The prolonged use of these substances can have adverse health effects. In Sweeney’s opinion, Putin has a “puffy face,” and his demeanor has deteriorated over time.

Putin might have also fallen down some stairs, necessitating medical attention. Putin may have sustained a bruised tailbone due to this alleged accident. It has been said that he always has a doctor by his side when he travels.

The H1N1 flu at the Kremlin is reportedly bad this year, which sparked rumors that Putin is being detained in a bunker to avoid the illness. This month, Putin was supposed to address the Russian parliament’s upper house. That has also been postponed.

Putin is 70 years old and most likely won’t play hockey or go on a shirtless hiking trip anytime soon. The stress from the constant bad news on the war front may be impacting, even though a macho display of vigor and gusto might put the rumors to rest.

Who would take over as president next if Putin’s health deteriorated to the point where he was bedridden, in a coma, or worse?

According to the Russian Constitution, the prime minister would retake office (not that Russia is a constitutional democracy). The gloomy Mikhail Mishustin is the prime minister; he frequently receives no media attention and is not regarded as a long-term option. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has more authority and may eventually take over.

But, for now, Putin is alive and well.