Putin was frequently visited by an extensive team of doctors, according to Russian investigative media Project noted.
There has been a lot of speculation about the health of the Russian president.
Putin bathes in cut deer antler blood extracts as a form of alternative medicine, the report says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been visited by a doctor who specializes in thyroid cancer 35 times, according to a new survey.
Russian investigative journal Project revealed that a team of doctors frequently visited the 69-year-old Russian president at his residences or accompanied him on trips amid growing questions about his health.
Yevgeny Selivanov, a surgical oncologist specializing in thyroid cancer, flew 35 times to visit Putin at his Black Sea residence and spent 166 days in his presence, according to the report.
Two otolaryngologists, or ear, nose and throat specialists, Igor Esakov and Alexei Shcheglov, visited the Russian president even more frequently.
Alexei Shcheglov flew to see Putin 59 times and spent a total of 282 days with him between 2016 and 2020, according to the report.
Thyroid diseases, including cancer, are usually first diagnosed by an otolaryngologist, after which an oncologist and surgeon are involved in treatment, a doctor told Proekt.
The outlet determined which doctors were spending time with Putin at his residence in Sochi by reviewing hotel accommodation contracts posted on the government procurement website.
The dates doctors stayed in hotels in Sochi coincided with Putin’s official visits to the city or times when he mysteriously disappeared from public view, the report said.
The average number of doctors in Putin’s entourage rose from five in 2016 and 2017 to nine in 2019, according to the report.
Other team members included anesthesiologists, a neurosurgeon, an infectious disease specialist and an intensive care physician.
On some occasions, the number of doctors assisting Putin in Sochi increased as Putin likely underwent surgery or a major procedure, possibly on his back, the outlet said.
Putin also bathed in the blood extract of cut deer antlers as a form of alternative medicine, according to the report.
The Russian president adopted this alternative therapy on the recommendation of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Deer blood is believed to improve the cardiovascular system and rejuvenate the skin.
The horns are cut from the deer while it is alive, and animal rights activists have compared it to pulling out a person’s fingernails.
There have been many speculation on the health of the Russian President for years.
Putin has long cultivated a macho strongman image, and the Kremlin has remained secretive about his possible health issues.
Putin was not seen in public during September 2021. Medical circles believe he underwent a complicated procedure related to thyroid disease, the outlet reported.
The Russian president’s face appeared noticeably bloated in recent photos, stir up rumors that he uses steroids, often used to treat thyroid cancer.
The Kremlin has previously dismissed questions about Putin’s health, with a spokesperson insisting in 2020 that his health was “excellent.”
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