Vladimir Putin ‘very ill with blood cancer:’ Russian oligarch claims in recording

A Russian oligarch was secretly recorded saying Russian President Vladimir Putin has blood cancer, according to reports. The recording was allegedly made without the oligarch’s permission while he was having a conversation with a Western venture capitalist.

The two were reportedly discussing the president’s health and the oligarch said that Putin is “very ill with blood cancer.” He also said that the Russian president even had surgery on his back linked to his blood cancer. The recording was obtained by New Lines, a US magazine.

“He absolutely ruined Russia’s economy, Ukraine’s economy and many other economies — ruined [them] absolutely,” the oligarch says lamenting the state of Russian economy since the invasion of Ukraine. “The problem is with his head. One crazy guy can turn the world upside down.”