Vladimir Putin is ‘constantly’ accompanied by a doctor specialising in thyroid cancer, a new investigation shows. Surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov, of Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital, has flown to the Russian leader no less than 35 times in Black Sea resort Sochi, his favourite place of residence.
The respected doctor’s thesis – showing his area of medical expertise – was entitled: ‘Peculiarities of diagnostics and surgical treatment of elderly and senile patients with thyroid cancer’.
The discovery by investigative media Project (or Proekt) media – blocked in Russia and now functioning from abroad – backs recent theories that Putin declared war when he was suffering medical problems hidden from the Russian people.
One version is that he has been treated with steroids, leading to a bloated look around the face and neck.
There has been widespread speculation in the West that Putin had serious medical issues when he launched a war in Ukraine that estimates say has killed 17,000 Russian troops plus many Ukrainian defenders and civilians.
‘We promised to reveal to you the main secret of the Kremlin. Of course, we are talking about the health of Vladimir Putin,’ said Project media.
The report identified medics who regularly travel with Putin – who will be 70 in October – on trips, and especially in Sochi which Putin prefers to Moscow.
Apart from the thyroid cancer specialist, another was a neurosurgeon.
The report stated: ‘It is generally accepted that in the 23rd year of his reign, the President of Russia is only interested in geopolitics.
‘In fact, there is at least one other issue that Putin is hardly less worried about – his own health.’
It stated: ‘Putin has publicly shown interest in the problem of thyroid cancer.
‘In July 2020, he met with the head of the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology, Ivan Dedov, who is the boss of Putin’s eldest daughter Maria [Vorontsova].’
Maria is a geneticist, aged 36, from his marriage to former Russian first lady Lyudmila Putina.
‘Dedov told the president about the high prevalence of thyroid cancer and spoke about the new hormonal drug Tyrogin, which fights metastases after surgery.
‘”Recovery of 95-98%?” Putin asked and heard an affirmative answer.’
The report went on: ‘There is indeed talk in medical circles about the president’s health problems.
‘Especially these conversations intensified in the early autumn of last year, when Putin behaved especially strangely.