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Putin treated for advanced cancer and survived assassination attempt, US intelligence reports

The Russian president has received treatment for advanced cancer and was targeted in an assassination attempt, three intelligence sources have told Newsweek

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The Russian president has received treatment for advanced cancer and was targeted in an assassination attempt, three intelligence sources have told Newsweek

Highlights

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin received treatment for advanced cancer in April, three US intelligence sources have told Newsweek.
  • The report also confirmed an assassination plot against Mr Putin in March, the organisation said.
  • Rumours have been swirling in the past few months that Mr Putin was suffering from cancer or was in bad health as pictures of him in a debilitated state emerged.
  • An unnamed oligarch was recently recorded saying the 69-year-old Russian President is “very ill with blood cancer” – according to New Lines magazine.
  • An expert said Putin had developed a “Cushingoid’s appearance which is ‘compatible with steroid use’