Putin suffers from chronic pain and was being treated for cancer at the time of the invasion Danish Intelligence

The Danish military intelligence service (FE) believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not suffering from a terminal illness, but is suffering from severe chronic pain after several falls and accidents, which could, over time, affect his maintenance. in power.

Source: A Danish intelligence officer by the name of Joakim in an interview with Berlingske

Details: In its 2021 annual report, the EF said Putin was “highly likely” to remain Russia’s leader after the next presidential election in 2024. However, in its report for 2022, it changed that forecast to a less certain one. , that Putin is “likely”. to stay in power for the next five years.

“But our biggest uncertainty is about his health, or someone takes him away because of his failing health,” the intelligence official said.

FE does not believe that Putin is suffering from a terminal illness, but rather suffers from severe chronic pain after several falls and accidents.

“That’s why he tends to sit down and grip things tightly. It’s to ease the pain,” the official noted.

The publication notes that various media had previously reported that Putin was suffering from the effects of a fall from a horse in the 2000s. Later it was reported that he had also been injured during judo and hockey lessons during the last years.

At the same time, FE believes Putin had already suffered from a form of cancer and was being treated for it when he started the war, which may have influenced his decision.

FE does not expect Putin to die from the disease he is suffering from. But over time, this can lead to the fact that the Russian elite will want to see a stronger person at the helm.

“We have the firm impression that part of the elite sees that it is heading down the wrong path,” added the Danish intelligence officer.


  • In April, investigative journalists reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin was accompanied on the trip by ten doctors, including oncologist Evgenii Selivanov, who dealt with thyroid problems.

  • At the beginning of May, the British tabloid “The Sun” wrote that Putin, 69, was preparing to undergo surgery. And allegedly, during the operational intervention and rehabilitation, Putin will hand over his power to the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev.

  • Ukraine’s military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said Vladimir Putin was seriously ill with cancer and a coup could take place in Russia. Budanov later said Putin could live for a few more years despite serious illnesses, including cancer.

  • Former British spy Christopher Steele also reported on Putin’s illness.

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