President Vladimir Putin reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday and remains in intensive care, according to unconfirmed reports.
[UPDATE: Despite reports from GB news, The Mirror and other publications, the news that Putin had suffered a cardiac arrest turned out to be false after the Kremlin released an official statement denying the claims.]
The initial reports were published via the Telegram channel ‘General SVR,” reportedly run by a former Kremlin insider.
“Putin’s security officers found him lying on his bedroom floor at around 9 pm, alongside an overturned table with food and drinks,” according to the statement by the channel.
The channel’s statement read, as quoted by Mirror:
“Probably, when the president fell, he hit the table and dishes and knocked them onto the floor, which caused the noise.”
“Putin convulsively arched while lying on the floor, rolling his eyes.”
“The doctors who were on duty at the residence and located in one of the adjacent rooms were immediately called.”
It was also reported that Putin moved to a specially equipped room in his residence where doctors performed resuscitation before he was taken to a special intensive care facility.
“Help was provided on time, the heart was started and Putin regained consciousness,” the channel reportedly claimed.
The channel alleged that “the president was moved to a specially equipped room in his residence, where the necessary medical equipment for resuscitation had already been installed,” adding that the president’s condition was “stabilized” and he is “under constant medical supervision.”
“We have already repeatedly talked about the deterioration of Putin’s health due to oncology and a number of other diseases. This case of cardiac arrest seriously alarmed the president’s inner circle, despite the fact that the attending doctors had already warned that Putin was very ill and was unlikely to live until the end of autumn.
“Recently, all official meetings and events have been conducted by the president’s double. After news of the evening incident, several people close to Putin contacted each other by telephone and agreed to hold consultations on Monday regarding possible actions if the president dies in the coming days.”
BREAKING NEWS: Vladimir Putin suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday, according to Sky News. Guards found the Russia President on the floor unconscious and resuscitated him.— Ðoge Hippie (@dogehippie) October 24, 2023
There have been rumors about his declining health due to being terminally ill with cancer for over a year.… pic.twitter.com/rgOYXB5Sh4
Meanwhile, rumors began swirling on X that Putin was actually dead:
Is Putin dead? pic.twitter.com/EADihPdDEu— FishingFella (@fishing_fella1) October 23, 2023
Is Putin dead? pic.twitter.com/CZo9DSTmXN— Chris Zuby (@ChristopherZuby) October 24, 2023
BREAKING RUMOR: Vladimir Putin may be dead— ℭpirit World Paper (@spiritworldpapr) October 24, 2023
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest, heart attack.
"I have to go to the situation room. There's an issue I need to deal with."– Biden at the end of remarks on the economy.… pic.twitter.com/TbrhUM6vOj
Earlier this month, media outlets claimed Putin was suffering a deterioration of health.
The British Express reported:
Vladimir Putin’s death is “imminent” after a “sharp deterioration in his health” and body doubles could be used to impersonate him after he dies or is removed from power, a Telegram channel has claimed.
This is according to the General SVR channel, which has speculated Russia’s president could be seriously ill.
It predicted a body double would continue in power after he dies in order to hide his demise from ordinary Russians.
But there is reportedly a row between his aides over who should control these body doubles – lookalikes who have been trained by his FSO secret service as stand-ins for Putin.
The Telegram channel posted: “The attending doctors predict Putin’s imminent death amid a sharp deterioration in his health.
”There is a general understanding that for some time it is possible to use a double of the president after the death or removal from power of the real Vladimir Putin.”
“Almost all interested parties are ready to rally around a double who can be controlled.
“The only problem is who will control the double, and this requires mutual trust, which simply does not exist.”