VLADIMIR Putin is set to undergo cancer surgery and hand over power to his hard-line spy boss, a Kremlin insider has reportedly claimed.
The Russian tyrant’s health has been a source of considerable speculation amid reports he is battling both stomach cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
But now it has been reported that 69-year-old Putin may soon disappear as he goes under the knife and power will be transferred to Nikolai Patrushev.
Shadowy Patrushev, 70, is considered the key architect of Ukraine’s war strategy and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv was being invaded by neo-Nazis.
The allegation was reported by Russian media outlet General SVR, which first raised questions about Putin’s health about 18 months ago.
They quote an anonymous former senior Kremlin military as saying: “Putin has discussed that he will undergo medical procedures.”
In a video in which the source, whose voice appears to be disguised, reveals that “doctors are insisting he needs surgery but the date has not yet been set.”
“He’s going to have surgery and while he’s off work,” he says, adding that he “believes it will only be for a short time.”
The source said the choice of spymaster Patrushev, which came after two hours of “heart to heart” with Putin, was the “worst option”.
He further speculated that Putin’s health problems could worsen.
“What if Putin suddenly shows particularly serious health problems?” he said.
“We know very well that he has cancer and Parkinson’s disease, as we have said many times before.
“It was contained for a while, but now the disease progresses.”
Exactly when Putin will be hospitalized is unclear, but it is unlikely that he will preside over the grandiose Red Victory Day commemorating Hitler’s defeat before May 9th.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned Putin he could use the day to announce the mobilization of his reserves for a final push in Ukraine.
He told LBC: “He will probably explain … that we are now at war with the Nazis of the world and we need to mobilize the Russian people en masse.
“Putin, who has failed on almost every goal, could be trying to consolidate what he has… and just be a kind of cancer in the country.”
It comes as military bosses have now urged Putin to drop the term “special operations” used for the invasion and instead declare war on Ukraine – which would allow for the mass mobilization of Russian troops.
All-out war would allow Moscow to conscript more conscripts, impose martial law, and also enlist support from its international allies – like Belarus.
A source close to Russian military chiefs told The Telegraph: “The military is outraged that the attack on Kyiv failed.
“The people in the army seek revenge for past failures and they want to go further in Ukraine.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5236303/putin-undergo-cancer-operation/ Putin “must have cancer surgery and give power to the die-hard ex-spy chief,” says a shocked “Kremlin insider.”