This is one of the crazier stories I’ve heard since Russia senselessly invaded Ukraine in regards to Russian President Vladimir Putin (which is saying a lot), but apparently, it’s true.
According to the New York Post, in a report issued by Russian outletThe Project (that’s been tracking the medical care of the 69-year-old over the years), the dictator has been bathing in the blood of deer antlers because:
“As he aged, concerns about health and longevity have so consumed the president that he has even shown an interest in unconventional medicine, despite many members of his family, including previously unknown ones, being physician.
Rumors have been swirling since he invaded Ukraine (and even prior to the invasion) that he has some sort of serious medical diagnosis, and he’s reportedly had 35 secret meetings with a cancer doctor, sparking conversation that he’s turning to holistic medicine as an alternative to traditional methods.
While none of that has been confirmed, and has been outright denied by Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s official spokesman, the trend of bathing in deer blood is apparently popular among Russian elites:
“Elites quickly spotted Putin’s new hobby. Antlers and other ways to extend one’s youth quickly became popular among officials.”
The “antler baths” are mostly conducted in the Altai region of Russia, and the antlers are apparently hacksawed off from the deer in the spring when the horns are “soft and full of blood” and used as a form of natural medicine.
It sounds completely disgusting, and while there is no medical evidence to support that bathing in deer antler blood has any health benefit whatsoever, Vlad is undeterred from giving it a shot. He’s also reportedly traveled there several times to take an antler bath.