Intrigue has surfaced over a prominent ‘scar’ seen on Vladimir Putin’s neck, adding to further speculation that the despot may have cancer.
The mark was seen clutching a candle during a nightly Orthodox Easter Cathedral service in Moscow over the weekend.
It has sparked internet debates over whether it is evidence of credible claims initially made a year ago by Proekt (Project) media that Putin was suffering from thyroid cancer.
An investigation by the independent newspaper revealed that the dictator is constantly accompanied by a surgeon – Yevgeny Selivanov, from Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital – who specializes in thyroid cancer.
The scar appears as a prominent diagonal line up from left to right on his neck. It can be clearly seen in images and photos posted by the Kremlin of the Easter service, but is not always visible.
This comes after a possible US intelligence leak alleged that the Russian tyrant was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
The scar appears as a prominent diagonal line from left to right on Putin’s neck
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a candle during an Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow early April 16, 2023. A prominent ‘scar’ can be seen on his neck
Ukrainian media outlet Telegram channel Unian described the scar as shaped like the letter ‘Z’ – the swastika-style symbol used by Putin’s invading forces.
“A strange scar in the shape of the letter ‘Z’ has been noticed on Putin’s neck,” it wrote.
“The unusual photos were taken on Easter when the dictator visited a cathedral.”
The Ukrainian outlet apparently took the idea of the Z shape from political commentator and blogger Denis Kazaksky who posted, “What about Volodya (Putin)?
“I think I know where the ‘Z’ comes from.”
One comment read, “Well, he would have had thyroid cancer treatment.”
Such a scar was noticed more than two years ago, in December 2020, when Russian media pointed out to Sobesednik a clear mark on his neck.
At the time, plastic surgeon Amjad Al-Yousef commented, “In theory, such a scar could be left after intubation (the insertion of a tube for surgical purposes), but that is only in theory.
“It often happens that when the skin heals, there isn’t even a scar left.”
He spoke before suspicions arose that Putin is suffering from thyroid cancer. Despite the claims, there is no evidence that the Russian tyrant underwent surgery to remove the thyroid gland, which could involve an incision several inches long across the front of the neck.
Al-Yousef suggested it wasn’t a scar instead, but a blemish in his loose skin – common in an “older person.”
Intrigue has surfaced over a prominent ‘scar’ seen on Vladimir Putin’s neck. It was noticed in December 2020, and again when he attended an Orthodox Easter service this weekend
Vladimir Putin’s ‘scar’ was first noticed at a press conference on December 17, 2020
ENT surgeon Alexey Shcheglov (highlighted) is seen by Vladimir Putin’s side during the Sochi 2014 Olympics
An investigative report by Proekt purported to show that cancer surgeon Dr. Selivanov made 35 trips to Putin over 166 days
In 2020, the possible scar did not appear as prominently as it did in recent days and in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral over the weekend.
Al-Yousef suggested that Putin – then 68 and now 70 – had had regular plastic surgery on his face – but not on his neck.
“No plastic surgery is performed on this part of the body,” he said.
“Even if we assume that this is some kind of innovation in plastic surgery, in this case it would have been done more professionally without such a serious mistake.
“Here is the classic neck of a 68-year-old man with (low skin tone).
“With age, skin turgor changes and becomes weaker. The face of Vladimir (Putin) is very well-groomed, professional cosmetic care is noticeable.
“And when we see the perfect face, we naturally start paying attention to the skin of the neck.
‘Unfortunately, there are no such effective professional treatments for the neck.
“When putting on a shirt and tie, the throat is squeezed, the skin contracts and turns into such a fold.”
The Proekt investigative report revealed that one medic Dr. Alexey Shcheglov “relentlessly” followed Putin, making 59 journeys of 282 days to him.
Shcheglov was seen as a physician ‘who can, among other things, first detect problems with the thyroid gland, including oncological ones’.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin attend Orthodox Easter service at Christ the Savior Cathedral
Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin cross themselves as they attend the midnight Orthodox Easter service at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior
The scar was spotted on Putin’s neck over the weekend when the Russian despot clutched a candle as he attended the midnight Orthodox Easter service at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Putin was also under the attention of an otolaryngologist (ENT specialist), Dr. Igor Esakov, who made 38 trips to Putin, totaling 152 days.
Cancer surgeon Dr Selivanov also made 35 trips over 166 days, the report said. His expertise is ‘peculiarities of diagnostics and surgical treatment of elderly and senile patients with thyroid cancer’.
It was revealed that several other medics were tending to the Russian president.
Separate claims have suggested that Putin is suffering from abdominal cancer.
On the Telegram channel – General SVR – regularly claims that the Kremlin warrior suffers from “bouts of coughing, dizziness, sleep disturbances, abdominal pain (and) constant nausea” as well as “the manifestation of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and schizoaffective disorder.” supposedly.
One version is that he was treated with steroids, which led to a bloated face and neck.
Symptoms of thyroid cancer include the appearance of a thick nodule in the thyroid area; hoarseness of voice; difficulty swallowing; pain in the neck and throat; enlarged lymph nodes in the neck; a dry cough, scratching or tickling sensation in the throat or behind the breastbone.
The Kremlin denies that Putin has any health problems.