KEY POINTS

  • The wife of an exiled Russian oligarch claimed Putin is willing to do anything in Ukraine 
  • A Ukrainian intelligence official said that Kremlin sources claim Putin may die in two years
  • Online videos showed Putin struggling to stand still and gripping a table during meetings

Russian President Vladimir Putin could die soon as he suffers from a secret medical condition, reports claimed.

In the documentary “Secrets of the Oligarch Wives,” Tatiana Fokina, wife of exiled cellphone oligarch Evgeny Chichvarkin, suggested that Putin is willing to do anything in the ongoing siege in Ukraine because he is secretly suffering from an illness, according to The Daily Beast which viewed the film ahead of its release.

In a separate interview published Saturday, Ukrainian intelligence official Maj. Gen. Kyrylo O. Budanov told USA Today that sources inside the Kremlin said Putin is suffering from several medical conditions, adding that he is likely going to die in the next two years.

In May, Budanov also told Sky News that Putin is suffering from cancer, adding that a coup was underway in the Kremlin amid the Russian leader’s “very bad psychological and physical condition.”

However, the Ukrainian intelligence official did not provide any evidence to back his claims. The International Business Times could also not independently verify the claims concerning Putin’s health condition.

In the months that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Putin, who will turn 70 in October, has become the subject of various rumors claiming he is suffering from serious health problems, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease. The latter is a medical condition that causes uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, hand and leg tremors and difficulty with balance.

Some video clips showing Putin “furiously” gripping a table for support during a meeting with Kremlin officials or the Russian president seemingly struggling to stand still during a recent awards ceremony have also fueled speculations about his health.

Despite the video clips and claims from Ukrainian intelligence, Kremlin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov dismissed questions about whether Putin was suffering from any serious illness, adding that the Russian president was in good enough shape to play a game of hockey recently.

“What I suggest is that you watch his performance,” Peskov said in an interview with NBC News. "Just think, if an unhealthy man can perform like that."

Putin himself also waved off the gossip as untrue while speaking at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in mid-June.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine war will loom over much of the issues debated in the G7 and NATO
Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine war will loom over much of the issues debated in the G7 and NATO SPUTNIK via AFP / Mikhail METZEL
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