Putin would ‘disappear to have cancer surgery and hand over power,’ according Russian reports.
According to a ‘Kremlin insider,’ Vladimir Putin may be compelled to hand over power of Russia while undergoing cancer surgery.
The Russian president, 69, is said to have previously postponed the operation, which was supposed to take place in the second part of April.
According to popular Telegram channel General SVR, which claims to have a well-placed source in Moscow, his physicians have urged on it happening “in the near future” because “the course of the disease is developing.”
Putin is thought to have swiftly nominated Nikolai Patrushev, 70, his hardline security council security secretary, to take over while he is disabled.
According to the source, Patrushev, a former KGB counterintelligence officer who was a key figure in the horrific onslaught on Ukraine, is the ‘worst option.’
It comes after months of conjecture about Putin’s health, including the possibility that he has Parkinson’s disease.
The General SVR channel also claims he suffers from schizoaffective disease, a mental health condition characterised by a mix of schizophrenia and mood disorder symptoms such as depression or mania.
Putin’s health has always been denied by the Kremlin, but detractors believe that inexplicable disappearances, extended tables, and his occasionally bloated, shaky demeanour could suggest otherwise.
In a video detailing the General SVR claims, the outlet’s source – supposedly an anonymous former high-ranking Kremlin military figure – said ‘there seems to be no particular urgency’ over the alleged surgery, but ‘it cannot be delayed either’.
‘Putin has discussed that he will be undergoing medical procedures’, they said. ‘Doctors insist that he needs an operation, but the date has not yet been determined…
‘I don’t know for exactly how long [he will be incapacitated after the surgery]… I think it’ll be for a short time.’
They added: ‘It was possible to contain it for some time, but now the course of the disease is progressing.
‘I do not want to voice any forecasts now, so as not to reassure you once again, because in this situation you should not be very hopeful.’
The warmonger is ‘unlikely to agree to transfer power’ but is prepared to set in motion a ‘charge d’affaires’ to control Russia and the war effort, they added.
Given that power should pass to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, 56, a low-profile technocrat with no known military or secret service ties, handing over control to Patrushev would be a bold decision.
Putin reportedly sees Patrushev as ‘the only truly trusted person and friend in the system of power’.
He got the job following a two-hour ‘heart-to-heart’ with the Russian leader, the outlet claims.
Putin also allegedly ‘promised actual management of the country would be temporarily transferred to him in the event his health sharply deteriorates’.
It comes after the same outlet said that Vladimir Putin had ordered his daughter to be grounded in case she left the country and never returned.