Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly feeling weak and dizzy due to side effects from treatments. A Kremlin insider revealed that Putin's health has been the subject of much speculation since the start of the war in Ukraine, with claims that he is suffering from various ailments. Some rumors suggested that his declining health and side effects from medication may have had an effect on his decision-making. 

Telegram channel known as “General SVR,” which is reportedly run by a former Russian intelligence officer, posted the latest rumor regarding Putin’s health describing the 70-year-old Russian leader’s condition as withdrawn, terse, and generally “preoccupied.” The latest word on Putin stated he was undergoing a course of treatments that uses medicine with rather unsavory side effects. These included weakness, dizziness, and loss of appetite. The source also noted that the medication may have a negative effect on the president’s psycho-emotional state.

Rumors and speculations have long told of the Russian president battling with several types of cancer, coupled with Parkinson’s disease, and other ailments. However, none of these have been confirmed nor denied by the Kremlin since. Some reports said that Putin appeared unwell and sickly on multiple occasions since the beginning of the war as Kremlin watchers keep a close eye on his every move on-screen during his televised public appearances.

Another report from the Telegram channel said that Putin was not as confident in enacting some of his major decisions and that the leader earlier promised these decisions would be a game-changing impact on Russia’s domestic and foreign policies. The post claimed Putin's actions and decisions have now made him look like a “cowardly individual”. 

The changes he had imposed had even caused him much fear and concern, even those he had proposed himself. General SVR warned that it would be impossible to convince the Russian elite of a victorious outcome in the war should the offensive in the frontline falter and lose control of occupied territories. The possibility that Putin may resort to using nuclear weapons has not been ruled out by the anonymous author of the channel. However, such an action would only bring catastrophe to the current regime and the country’s elite. 

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