Vladimir Putin reportedly needed “urgent medical assistance” this week.
The Russian president was reportedly stricken with “acute illness, weakness and dizziness” during a 90-minute virtual meeting with military leaders and doctors told him not to make “long” public appearances.
According to the General SVR channel on the Telegram messaging app, the sudden illness was the real reason Putin’s annual “Direct Line” live stream was postponed with no postponement plans in place.
The Q&A session – which would see the politician answer questions from Russian citizens – was scheduled for later this month or early July, but it is unclear whether it will ever happen.
General SVR said: “The postponement of the live [Direct Line] with the president indefinitely is due to the unstable health of Vladimir Putin.
“A week ago, the president was preparing to answer questions from Russian citizens at the end of June-beginning of July.
“But his doctors have advised him not to make any lengthy public appearances in the near future.
“The final argument for not speaking to the public was an incident after a recent hour-and-a-half video-link meeting with representatives of the military bloc…
“After the meeting, Putin felt acute malaise, weakness and dizziness when trying to get up from the table.”
Despite the claims, the 69-year-old president made a rare public appearance in Moscow on Thursday (09.06.22) when he addressed young entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists at an event marking the 350th anniversary of his birth of Peter the Great.
He said in a speech, “What was (Peter) doing? Picking up and strengthening. That’s what he did. And it seems like it’s incumbent on us to pick up and strengthening as well.”
The General SVR channel claims to receive inside information and has previously alleged that Putin has cancer and Parkinson’s disease.