Belarus despot Alexander Lukashenko ‘passed out’ and was ‘bleeding from everywhere’ after a recent visit to ally Vladimir Putin, startling new claims have alleged.
The tyrant was suddenly taken ill in Moscow last month in an incident which is purported to have been covered-up.
Now opposition politician Valery Tsepkalo says he has received lurid details of Lukashenko’s ‘incurable’ condition from Russian doctors who were ordered to treat him at the Kremlin hospital.
It would have been the second time in a month that the Belarusian leader was taken ill while visiting Putin, triggering claims of poisoning by the Russians.
But Tsepkalo says his medical sources indicate Lukashenko, 68, has a serious genetic cardiovascular disease and is expected to ‘relapse’.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, centre, looks in pain as he watches the Victory Day military parade in Red square, Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2023
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands at their meeting during the 78th anniversary of the end of World War II celebrations in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Russian doctors were under orders from the Kremlin to save him at all costs, Tsepkalo said.
The Belarus dictator was patched up after falling suddenly ill on 27 May and eventually smuggled home to Minsk, probably by a special train rather than his presidential plane which has toilets made from gold, he told Ukrainian journalist Alesya Bazman, editor-in-chief of news outlet Gordon.
Lukashenko had been in Russia last month to meet with Putin and attend meetings for the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
‘I am absolutely convinced that if the Kremlin wanted to poison him, they would have already poisoned him,’ said Tsepkalo, a lawyer, former deputy foreign minister and presidential candidate.
‘That’s why they did everything possible to save him.’
Lukashenko – Putin’s only close international ally in Europe – was ‘put to the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow, the so-called Kremlin hospital,’ he said.
‘It turned out that doctors first tried to bring him to a normal state. He was in acute shock, he even passed out.
‘When it happened, almost all [leading] doctors of Moscow, the best specialists, were [mobilised] in the night.
Valery Tsepkalo (right) says his medical sources indicate Lukashenko has a serious genetic cardiovascular disease and is expected to ‘relapse’, he told Ukrainian journalist Alesya Bazman (left)
Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow, Russia on 25 May 2023, shortly before he is alleged to have collapsed
‘There was a blood transfusion or his blood was cleansed in some way to prevent [clots],’ he added.
‘I know that he was bleeding from everywhere. And there truly is a very serious genetic disease, a cardiovascular disease.’
‘It is absolutely clear that it is incurable…. he will relapse…’
The opposition politician – forced into exile – said: ‘My information comes from the [Russian] doctors who were woken up at night [to treat him].’
He told how medics were ‘searching for rare medications’ and a special ‘doctors’ council’ was called on how to treat him.
The Kremlin wanted to scotch all rumours of poisoning, he said. ‘That’s why the doctors were literally told the following — that if he is, to put it politely, over with, then it will also be over for us and you.’
Lukashenko was stuck in Moscow for two or three days, he said. Most likely he returned to Minsk on a special train.
He has since reappeared in public looking pale and weak, for example at a meeting with Russian Central Bank chairwoman Elvira Nabiullina .
Leaders from countires in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council stand in Moscow, May 25. Left to right: Chairman of the board Mikhail Myasnikovich, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (centre) and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (left) attend a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the Kremlin
‘This disease will lead to haemorrhage everywhere, in all organs,’ said Tsepkalo, 58.
‘It also manifests externally, on the body, and it can be suppressed only with hormonal therapy. But hormonal therapy only helps temporarily
‘The disease develops, there are no tools to stop it,’ claimed Tsepkalo. I can’t say how long it can take….
‘It can happen in the nearest month or maybe weeks.
‘I say once again, my information comes from the doctors who were woken up at night.’
Last month in Minsk and Moscow he was seen wearing what appeared to be a catheter on his lower arm.
In 2020, Lukashenko won a landslide election win, considered to have been rigging on a grand scale.
The poll is believed to have been overwhelmingly won by opposition candidate, Svitlana Tikhanovskaya, who was then forced to flee into exile.
Lukashenko is known for using his brutal KGB secret police to jail and torture foes of his regime.
His landlocked country is entirely propped up by Russia, and should Lukashenko die, Putin is likely to seek to incorporate Belarus into his empire.