An oncologist has claimed there are multiple signs that Russian President Vladimir Putin is struggling with cognitive impairment linked to cancer, which could explain why he is waging war in Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin may have gone to war in Ukraine because of cancer-related cognitive impairment, an oncologist has claimed.
In the latest of many claims about the Kremlin leader’s poor health, reports suggest he is suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and steroid treatment.
Other reports suggest that Putin has Parkinson’s disease or early-stage dementia, but many experts believe he may have started cancer treatment before the war started, and that so he suffers from the effects of chemotherapy.
The condition is officially called cancer-related cognitive impairment and causes the patient to “lose focus” and have trouble remembering simple things.
It can also give people the ability to make “crazy” decisions without convincingly thinking about them.
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The Kremlin has publicly declared Putin to be fit and healthy, but his strict coronavirus precautions, such as using the Long Table to meet with world leaders, have led people to believe otherwise.
The Russian warmonger has been seen on shows bloated, slurring his words, appearing restless and struggling to stand.
An oncologist who spoke on condition of anonymity said it affects eight out of 10 people with varying degrees of cancer.
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She continued: “For some it’s just bumping into things, being a little more clumsy and forgetting names and places and faces.
“But in other cases, it can seriously affect executive functions, like making plans for the future, multi-tasking, and thinking about the consequences before doing something major.
“It can also lead to a much shorter attention span and loss of focus on tasks, especially if you’re multi-tasking and in a position of responsibility.”
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She said her swollen face likely indicates fluid retention caused by steroids and chemotherapy drugs.
The doctor also said he wasn’t concentrating clearly, “he’s having trouble finding his balance and seems to be losing focus, which is indicative of a chemo brain.”
Chemotherapy can cause a “change in your thought processes”, causing “difficulty concentrating or remembering things”, according to the NHS.
He states: “People often describe being in a ‘mental fog’ or even slightly detached from the world around them.”
Major General Kyrylo Budanov, a Ukrainian army chief, claimed that Putin was in “a very bad psychological and physical condition and was very ill”.
He said, “It’s my job, it’s my job, otherwise I will know.”
His remarks came amid unconfirmed claims from the General SVR Telegram channel that Putin may soon disappear so he can undergo cancer-related surgery.