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New rumours emerging from Russia suggest that President Vladimir Putin is suffering from cancer – as well as symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
Professor Valery Solovei, the political analyst who first broke the story of Putin’s failing health, claims that the president had emergency cancer surgery in February.
His information, he says, comes from Kremlin insiders “at the epicentre of decision making”.
Solovei admits he has “no ethical right to reveal these problems.”
The first medical issue, which Solovei describes as being “of psycho-neurological nature,” is the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. He says that this would not necessarily threaten the president’s life, “but just limits public appearances.”
However the second health concern is far more serious. Solovei says it is “a fatal diagnosis.”
He says that President Putin has accepted that he will have to step down and has already selected a successor.
His second daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, has a master's degree in physics and mathematics and is currently head of a new artificial intelligence institute at Moscow State University.
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The president has also recently introduced plans for legislation guaranteeing him him immunity from prosecution after he leaves office. The state-run RT network says these new laws will be seen “as a sign that the groundwork is being laid for an eventual transition of power in Russia.”
Earlier this week The Kremlin denied rumours about Putin’s health after he was seen to be suffering a severe coughing fit during a televised meeting about Covid-19.
Official footage of the meeting released later appeared to have been edited to minimise the length and severity of the coughing fit.
Rumours of the president’s Parkinson’s diagnosis intensified after recent news footage appeared to show his legs and hands twitching ceaselessly.
Professor Solovei says that the president’s family – and his rumoured mistress Alina Kabaeva – have urged him to retire in the new year.
“There is a family, it has a great influence on him," says Solovei. "He intends to make public his handover plans in January,” he said.
However, Kremlin spokesman and deputy chief of staff Dmitry Peskov has today rubbished the rumours, insisting that Putin is in “excellent health” and says the rumours are “complete nonsense”.
Dismissing suggestions that Putin was preparing to step down and nominate a successor he said “everything is fine with the President.”
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