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[alpha] INSIGHT - RUSSIA/VENEZUELA - Kremlin's medical team

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 101915
Date 2011-08-01 18:39:24
PUBLICATION: protect until Reva's source clears their side
ATTRIBUTION: Stratfor sources in Moscow
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Prosecutor General Office


Putin's personal doctor is Viktor Rovnov. But he only deals with Putin's
day-to-day health and only with Putin. Dr. Rovnov is not really lent out
to others, if you know what I mean.

But there is a whole team of doctors that serve the senior group in the
Kremlin, Putin included. They run the Kremlin Medical Service. It is an
official part of the Kremlin. A few of them also work for other hospitals,
but their first duty is to the Kremlin.

The team is big, but the principal doctors include Sergei Mironov, Elmira
Boichenko, Victor Borisov and Alexander Myasnikov. Each are the best
doctors in the former Soviet sphere. As far as specialties both Dr.
Borisov and Dr. Boichenko work with cancer and chemotherapy. Dr. Borisov
deals with rare and radical treatment of cases that are pretty hopeless.
But Dr. Boichenko has studied very modern treatments in the west. They are
both very good.

I have heard of Chavez's case. The Kremlin typically offers to help its
friends in such situations. But I have not heard of Dr. Borisov or Dr.
Boichenko leaving the country yet. So I would suspect that Chavez has not
accepted yet.

Lauren Goodrich
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334

Michael Wilson
Director of Watch Officer Group, STRATFOR
Office: (512) 744 4300 ex. 4112