VLADIMIR Putin has had cancer in the past but “licked it” according to his pal, film director Oliver Stone.
The Oscar-winner’s claim comes amid rumors that the Russian president has been ill for five years and is constantly surrounded by a medical team.
Stone was granted unprecedented access to the Kremlin leader over a two-year period for two in-depth interviews between 2015 and 2017.
In a new podcast, Stone said that the Russian president has been suffering from cancer and that he believes he has overcome it.
“Remember, Mr. Putin had this cancer and I think he licked it,” he told podcast interviewer Lex Fridman.
“But he was also isolated because of Covid.”
Concerns about Putin’s health have been raised during the pandemic, as his deep isolation has led to speculation that he may have another illness.
He then imposed strict quarantine rules on his visitors, who were forced to isolate for two weeks and go through an elaborate disinfectant spraying machine before meeting him in person.
Stone explained why Putin may have misjudged the invasion of Ukraine, speculating that “he may have lost touch — touch — with the people.”
It is not clear whether Putin has the right information, he admitted.
“You’d think maybe he wasn’t well informed about the level of cooperation he was going to get from them [ethnic Russians] in Ukraine…
“That would be a factor in him not correctly assessing the situation.”
It could also be that his “isolation from normal activity” and no longer meeting people “face-to-face” due to health concerns for Putin over Covid could have caused mistakes.
Stone previously said of Putin: “It’s been three years since I last saw him, but the man I knew had nothing to do with the crazy, irresponsible and murderous man that the media is presenting today and him compare to Hitler and Stalin.
“The Putin I knew was rational, calm, always acting in the interests of the Russian people, a true son of Russia, a patriot who need not be a nationalist.”
His comments come amid speculation about Putin’s health with rumors suggesting he is currently suffering from cancer.
The Russian tyrant is widely reported to be suffering from cancer and Parkinson’s disease, with pictures showing his bloated face.
An insider has also claimed that Mad Vlad even missed his gymnastics lover Alina Kabaeva’s birthday because he had to undergo surgery.
A top oligarch has claimed the Russian leader is “severely ill with blood cancer”.
An investigation by independent Russian journalists revealed that Putin was constantly surrounded by a large medical team led by a thyroid cancer specialist.
Another version is that he suffers from abdominal cancer.
There are rumors in Moscow that he is about to undergo cancer surgery and that he may blame trusted adviser Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, while he is off work.
In a recent video, Putin appeared to choke and stutter as he clutched for the table during talks with his ally Sergey Chemezov.
While a former British spy claims that “cancer-stricken” Putin is constantly surrounded by doctors.
In April, a video circulated showing Putin “trembling uncontrollably” during a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that President Putin is suffering from a serious illness, and in March the Kremlin even had to issue a statement stating that he was in good health.
Russia has always insisted that Putin is in robust health.
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