A source told TASS on Wednesday that the 75-year-old politician had been taken to the heavily guarded Central Clinical Hospital, also known as the Kremlin Clinic, where he has reportedly been convalescing for a few days.
According to the interlocutor, he is in “serious condition,” and some say doctors have diagnosed him with fluid in the lungs. A number of commenters online have speculated he has contracted Covid-19.
Later in the afternoon, newspaper RBK reported that he had been placed on a ventilator. “He is in a very serious condition, critical. Nobody can gives any guarantees [about a recovery],” it quoted an anonymous respondent “close to the party” as saying.
The Telegram channel Mash claimed the LDPR leader was hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia, which developed as a result of Covid-19. According to the outlet’s sources,
“50 to 75% of his lungs are affected.”
However, playing down talks of Zhirinovsky’s condition, the party’s press service later said that the politician “feels fine and is continuing to work,” but did not rule out claims that he was in the hospital.