THE SUN – FROM his puffy face to a professor’s cancer claims, there are five clues Vladimir Putin could be seriously ill.
It’s thought the Russian leader’s decision to invade Ukraine might have been sparked by not only his unhinged mental state, but also by a worrying physical health condition.
Putin is tight-lipped about his health – but there has been much speculation about his health over the years
Putin, 69, was described as “ashen and bloated” in pictures released by the Kremlin.
The Russian president, normally cutting a rugged and manly figure, looked pale and unfit as his forces pounded Ukraine’s cities.
Putin is tight-lipped about his health – but there has been much speculation over the years.
Researchers even claimed they identified signs in Putin’s gait which could point to Parkinson’s disease.
The Kremlin has not commented on the 2022 speculation that Putin is ill.
But here are five clues puffy-faced Putin could be seriously ill.
Putin has appeared notably more bloated around the face and neck in recent weeks – suggesting he might be undergoing treatment with steroids for a health condition.
Side effects of steroids include increased risk of infection – which it is claimed could explain his paranoia about catching Covid.
Steroids can also spark “mood and behavioural changes”.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support, a high dose of steroids can cause confusion or even changes in thinking.
“This can include having strange or frightening thoughts,” the charity says.
Fiona Hill, the British former senior White House expert on Russia, told Politico: “Putin’s not looking so great, he’s been rather puffy-faced.
“We know that he has complained about having back issues.
“Even if it’s not something worse than that, it could be that he’s taking high doses of steroids, or there may be something else … Rear more.