Hypothesis is mounting that Vladimir Putin’s shut warfare ally, the Belarusian tyrant Alexander Lukashenko, is significantly sick – and even lifeless.
He has not been seen in public since he was taken to Moscow airport with an ambulance in tow after collaborating in Russia’s Victory Day navy parade on Tuesday.
Photos of him on the parade present him visibly exhausted, together with his hand bandaged.
The 68-year-old puppet chief has been rumored to have been admitted to an elite clinic in Minsk, claiming he’s “in a medical coma”.
Putin – who can be the topic of well being rumors – was reportedly shocked by Lukashenko’s situation in Moscow and tried to telephone him upon his return to Minsk however was unable to get by means of.
In line with some rumours, Lukashenko suffered a coronary heart assault, issues associated to Covid – and even poisoning.
Belarusian opposition chief Pavel Latushka stated: “He has been gone for 4 days now. Sick, poisoned, simulating?
“We [the opposition] are engaged on implementing a plan within the occasion of Lukashenko’s dying.”
A report, unconfirmed at the moment, says Lukashenko has survived an “uncomfortable” surgical procedure unrelated to his coronary heart and is steady.
His workplace didn’t remark, resulting in an escalation of the rumors.
Belarusian knowledgeable, pro-Russian pro-war Andrey Suzdaltsev stated: “Lukashenko survived the operation nicely. He’s not unhealthy…he’s recovering.”
Within the days main as much as his disappearance from public view, Lukashenko appeared unable to stroll lower than a quarter-mile in Purple Sq. after the parade.
He’s additionally rumored to have publicly requested Putin to let him take a stroller throughout the cobblestones to put flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Later that very same day, he failed to talk at his personal Victory Day occasion in Minsk attributable to state media broadcasting footage of him from the earlier 12 months.
New footage of him simply days earlier than his disappearance exhibits him strolling slowly and awkwardly together with his three sons.
At one level, Lukashenko stored his hand tight on his chest whereas his son Viktor threw a apprehensive look in his course whereas his different son Nikolai clenched his fists.
Russian Telegram channels hinted that Lukashenko was affected by a “long-standing however unspecified medical situation” that required surgical procedure.
A broadcaster claimed: “The Belarusian chief is within the hospital, he’s being ready for an operation – and maybe the operation has already been carried out.”
Some stories counsel he wants a Western operation however is unable to get it attributable to sanctions over his rigging of Belarus’ 2020 presidential election and supporting Putin within the warfare towards Ukraine.
Ukrainian supply Unian claimed the overweight dictator, who has dominated Belarus for almost three a long time, suffers from “very critical endocrine system problems and coronary heart illness”.
Russian sources consider Lukashenko beforehand feigned sickness to keep away from being pressured by Putin.
The Belarusian chief has allowed Russian troops and air energy to be deployed in his inland territory bordering Ukraine, however has not deployed his troops to the warfare.
He has additionally opposed Putin’s try to completely incorporate Belarus into Russia.
In 2020, Lukashenko secured a landslide victory by mass-rigging the poll in an election gained overwhelmingly by the exiled opposition candidate Svitlana Tikhanovskaya.
His eldest son Viktor, 47, a senior safety official, could search to proceed the tyrannical Lukashenko dynasty, counting on Moscow’s help to take action.
The dictator’s dying may lead to Putin trying to combine Belarus into Russia, together with by means of navy power.