Vladimir Putin 'found on floor' after suffering 'cardiac arrest' - claim

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 23/10/2023

- 17:16

Updated: 23/10/2023

- 18:27

The Russian President's health has been widely reported on in recent years, including since the 71-year-old launched his invasion against Ukraine

Vladimir Putin suffered a suspected "cardiac arrest" and the Russian President received assistance until he regained consciousness, a statement posted on a Telegram channel has claimed.

The 71-year-old, who launched his invasion against Ukraine in March 2022, was allegedly found on the floor before being taken to a special intensive care facility.


Telegram channel General SVR, which is believed to be run by a former Kremlin insider, regularly comments on the Russian President's health and suggests Putin is terminally ill.

It also claimed the dictator has been using body doubles during recent foreign visits.

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The channel claimed: "Doctors performed resuscitation, having previously determined that the president was in cardiac arrest.

"Help was provided on time, the heart was started and Putin regained consciousness."

General SVR added: "At about 9pm Moscow time, security officers of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who were on duty at the residence, heard noise and sounds of falling coming from the president's bedroom.

"Two security officers immediately followed into the president's bedroom and saw Putin lying on the floor next to the bed and an overturned table with food and drinks.

“Probably, when the president fell, he hit the table and dishes and knocked them onto the floor, which caused the noise.

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"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.”

The unverified report comes amid growing speculation about Putin's health and even reports that an alleged assassination plot was foiled.

General SVR is reportedly run by a former Russian lieutenant-general.

The channel's claims, including ones about the Russian President using body doubles, have not been confirmed.

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However, a recent Japanese AI analysis and various media reports have cast further doubts on whether Putin himself has been in attendance.

The account recently claimed the Russian President's visit to Beijing to meet with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was carried out by a lookalike.

The suspected body double is said to have suffered a facial malfunction.

General SVR wrote: "The fault is again with the double’s ‘floating’ cheekbones, which do not stay in place and move in different directions.

"The double initially had less expressive cheekbones, which, as a result of plastic surgery, were ‘enlarged’ and made similar to Putin’s cheekbones.

"But it was impossible to make sure they stayed stationary in the right places."

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