Russian, Kazakh Presidents Tour Anti-ageing Pill Factory Working On Drug That Could See People Living For 130 Years
Russian leader Vladimir Putin today toured a Russian factory which is working on anti-ageing pills.
The 64 year old Kremlin president visited the Biocad plant in St Petersburg with ailing Kazakhstan leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, 76, who has failed so far to nominate his heir in his energy-rich central Asian state despite his advanced years.
As well as seeking a ‘youth pill’ in laboratory tests, the plant is also working on treatments to combat cancer.
Of an anti-ageing breakthrough, scientist Alexander Karabelsk told Putin and Nazarbayev: ‘We are expecting the first results within a year.
‘Our goal is not to extend life but more to allow a person to improve the quality of life and feel younger in the older years.’
Such therapy should help reduce risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer which are the two main causes of mortality worldwide.
Should the clinical trials be successful, youth pills would allow increase life to 130 years in just 20 or 30 years, the two presidents were told.
Biocad is seen as Russia’s leading innovative biotechnology company.
Under their respective constitutions, Putin is limited to one more six year term in office in the Kremlin, while technically Nazarbayev could go on for ever, if his health permits.
Putin said last week it was too early to say if he would stand for reelection in 2018, while Nazarbayev – known as ‘leader of the nation’ in Kazakhstan, won a new five year mandate with 98 per cent of the vote in 2015.
The visit to the anti-ageing plant came soon after a strong hint from the Putin camp that he does intend to stay in power until the age of 71.
A close ally of the strongman – formerly his chief of staff and now speaker of the Russian parliament – has publicly called on him to seek another six year term in 2018.
‘People are waiting for it,’ said Vyacheslav Volodin, a key player in United Russia party, Putin’s vehicle of power.
‘I am not just counting on it, I would like it to happen.’
The move to trumpet another term for 64 year old Putin comes less than a month before Donald Trump – seen as being more open to the Kremlin leader than incumbent Barack Obama – takes over the White House.
‘We have a candidate,’ said Volodin.
‘And we will keep supporting him.
‘You know him – and I think you will support him too.
‘Because he is a man who has proved with his labour and his service that he can do a lot for Russia, that he loves it.
‘He is doing everything for our country and he is acknowledged in the whole world.’
The strong and unequivocal call on Putin to stand in 2018 from his close friend comes after opposition politician and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny – the president’s sternest critic – announced he plans to contest the 2018 election.
If Putin served another six year term, he would be 71 when he stepped down in 2024.
It would take a change in the constitution for him to remain in power longer.
He originally came to power as acting president at the dawn of the new millennium in 2000 with the surprise resignation of Boris Yeltsin.
After two terms of four years each he reverted to his earlier role of prime minister before reclaiming the presidency in 2012 from ally Dmitry Medvedev.
Volodin denied he had his own ambitions to become president, although he is seen as a possible future Kremlin leader alongside a cadre of rival politicians with security backgrounds who Putin appears to be grooming.
Putin’s spokesman indicated it was premature to discuss the 2018 election.