American film director Oliver Stone said Tuesday Vladimir Putin had been battling cancer during the time the filmmaker was focused on the Russian president.
The Oscar-winning director told podcast interviewer Lex Fridman that Putin has overcome his cancer. “Remember, Mr. Putin had this cancer and I think he licked it,” he said, without specifying the type of cancer the Russian president had.
The American director, who was responsible for the films “JFK”, “Scarface” and “Platoon”, conducted several interviews with Putin from 2015 to 2017 on topics that are not taboo, British radio station LBC reported on Saturday. According to TDPel Media, Stone has not met Putin for 3 years.
Stone’s claims come amid ongoing speculation about Putin’s health as Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on.
The Kremlin has not commented publicly on Putin’s health since the war began. However, Christopher Steele, a former UK intelligence official, recently said Putin left the meetings to seek medical treatment.
“Security Council meetings that are shown to last a full hour are actually divided into several sections,” Steele, who served in MI6’s intelligence office, said during an interview with LBC radio. “[Putin] going out between those sections and receiving some kind of medical treatment.”
Steele added that Putin was “constantly escorted around the site by a team of doctors.” Steele didn’t explain the basis of his speculation, but claimed “it’s certainly having a very serious impact on the governance of Russia right now.”
“There is increasing disarray in the Kremlin and chaos, in fact, that there is no clear political leadership from Putin, who is increasingly ill,” he added.
On May 16, Steele made similar comments about Putin’s health, telling Sky News: “From what we’re hearing from sources in Russia and elsewhere, Putin is actually quite seriously ill.”
“It’s not exactly clear what this disease is – whether it’s terminal or incurable or whatever. But I think it’s certainly part of the equation,” Steele added.
Meanwhile, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, said earlier this month that Putin was “very ill”.
“Mr. Putin is in very bad mental and physical condition and he is very ill,” Budanov said.
Putin’s health has been repeatedly questioned since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. In April, Visegrád 24 News posted a video on Twitter speculating that the Russian president might have Parkinson’s.
“This is probably the clearest video that something is wrong with Putin’s health. Look at his tremors in his legs and hands! Is there a doctor willing to weigh yourself? Parkinson’s?” Visegrád 24 News wrote on Twitter.
Another video showed Putin clutching a table during a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, prompting social media users to question Putin’s health.
news week He asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for an opinion.
https://www.newsweek.com/oliver-stone-says-putin-had-cancer-years-he-shadowed-him-project-1708885 Oliver Stone says Putin had cancer during the years he shadowed him on the project