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Putin was treated for “advanced cancer” in April amid fears the Kremlin tyrant’s end may be near, US spy chiefs claim

ILL Vladimir Putin was treated for advanced cancer in April, US intelligence chiefs have claimed.

According to reports, senior officials said employees at the Kremlin “sense that the end of the 69-year-old Russian dictator is near.”

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Russian President Vladimir PutinCredit: AP
Putin meets in Moscow with Boris Titov, business representative in the Kremlin

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Putin meets in Moscow with Boris Titov, business representative in the KremlinPhoto credit: AFP

The Russian leader has long been rumored to be battling diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s.

It has been claimed that Putin may already be using tricks such as pre-taped appearances and even body doubles to stage his health.

The three US spy chiefs who read the latest intelligence report on Putin’s health in late May said there were concerns Putin was becoming increasingly paranoid about staying in power.

One of the sources told Newsweek: “Putin’s grip is strong, but no longer absolute.

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“The scramble in the Kremlin has never been so intense during his rule, everyone felt that the end was near.”

All three officials – from the director of National Intelligence, the US Air Force and the Defense Intelligence Agency – warned that Putin’s isolation makes it difficult for US intelligence to assess his status and health.

But the DNI source said: “What we do know is that there is an iceberg out there, albeit one covered in fog.

“One source of our best intelligence, contact with outsiders, has largely dried up as a result of the Ukraine war.

“Putin has had few meetings with foreign leaders…Putin’s isolation has therefore heightened speculation.”

The retired US Air Force commander added: “Is Putin ill? Absolutely. But we shouldn’t let waiting for his death lead to proactive action on our part.”

“A post-Putin power vacuum could be very dangerous for the world.”

The secret services “noted” the long table and Putin’s behavior towards French President Emmanuel Macron in February.

The DNI source told Newsweek: “There was no handshake, no warm hug and we felt that.”

The Kremlin has not commented on the alleged cancer surgery, but routinely insists that Putin is in robust health and denies any medical problems.

And Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied rumors of Putin’s ailing health in an interview on French television last weekend.

He said: “I do not believe that any reasonable person would suspect any signs of illness or disease in this man.”

“CHAOS LIES AHEAD”

The intelligence officials said Putin’s deteriorating health will make the prospects of nuclear war less likely – but his death will still “cause havoc”.

The DIA leader said: “Putin being ill or dying is good for the world, not only because of the future of Russia or the end of the Ukraine war, but also because it reduces the threat of nuclear war from the lunatic.

“A weakened Putin — an evidently declining leader, none at his best — has less leverage over his advisers and subordinates, such as when he orders the use of nuclear weapons.”

He added: “Putin is definitely ill… whether he will die soon is pure speculation.

“Even so, we shouldn’t be too sure. We should not reply to our own mail, if you will, and only believe the intelligence that confirms our own desired outcome.

“He’s still dangerous, and if he dies, chaos ensues. That’s what we need to focus on. Be ready.”

The intelligence sources also confirmed that the Russian leader was assassinated in March.

And if Putin died or was killed, British intelligence said the Kremlin would have to keep his death a secret from the world for weeks – or even months, reports The Daily Star Sunday.

Western intelligence services suggest the Russian president has serious health problems – and some of his recent public appearances have sparked more rumors about his physical condition.

He appeared less mobile and his face was bloated, with experts believing he may be on steroids or receiving cancer treatment.

CHANGING APPEARANCE

Putin’s drastically changing appearance from strongman to sickly has raised suspicions that he is seriously ill.

Two weeks ago, a Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin claimed that Putin was “severely ill with blood cancer” and underwent surgery before his chaotic invasion of Ukraine.

And Putin appeared to choke and stutter during a TV session last month – sparking fresh fears for his health.

Meanwhile, an MI6 agent said Putin’s alleged health problems meant he was now losing control of power in the Kremlin.

Christopher Steele claimed the Kremlin is in “increasing disorder and chaos”.

Steele, who previously worked at MI6’s Russia desk, said Putin had to withdraw from meetings to undergo treatment and was “constantly” followed by doctors.

But even in his presence, the renowned control freak “does not provide clear political leadership”.

It was the Covid pandemic that really brought Putin’s potential health concerns to light.

According to the New York Times, Putin imposed strict quarantine measures on anyone who was scheduled to see him in person.

Visitors were required to isolate for two weeks before their scheduled meeting before being soaked in disinfectant on the way inside.

A specially created tunnel would reportedly spray guests with a sterilizing aerosol while being illuminated with UV light to further disinfect them.

And Putin’s health came under close scrutiny after the war in Ukraine.

Rumors continued to circulate after the recent military parade, when he was spotted with a blanket over his legs.

An oncologist said Putin may be suffering from “chemo-brain,” a cancer-related cognitive impairment caused by the treatment.

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