The rumors about Vladimir Putin’s poor health have not stopped. According to a former intelligence chief, the president is even facing death.
MOSCOW – According to former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, the Russian president could Wladimir Putin will no longer be in power next year. But that has nothing to do with that Ukraine war to do, but with the state of health of the 69-year-old head of state, according to the former British secret service agent.
“I’m really leaning out the window now. I don’t think he’ll be alive in 2023,” Dearlove said on the One Decision podcast. Soon, Putin will be “probably committed to a sanitarium from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia,” speculated Dearlove, who was Britain’s intelligence chief from 1999 to 2004.
If Vladimir Putin dies, will Nikolai Patrushev become Russia’s next president?
According to Dearlove, the new Russian president after Vladimir Putin could already be known: Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council. “If my thesis were to prove true and Putin disappeared into a sanatorium, he would be the likely replacement,” Dearlove said. “And of course, in this scenario, the substitute will in all likelihood be permanent. I mean, you know that there is no succession in the Russian leadership. There is also no succession planning.”
The former intelligence chief further predicted that Russia could “break apart” in the next 12 to 18 months due to sanctions imposed by the West.
Russia: Medical team accompanies Vladimir Putin “constantly”
Christopher Steele, another former British MI6 employee, commented on Putin’s state of health last week. According to him, the Russian president missed several wartime meetings due to medical treatment.
“Security Council meetings that are supposed to last a full hour are actually divided into several sections,” said Steele, who wrote a dossier on donald trump and the alleged interference Moscow in the 2016 US election, told radio station LBC. Putin is “constantly” accompanied by a medical team. Various reports have been circulating in the media for months – there was talk of leukemia, thyroid cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
In addition, a Russian oligarch is said to have revealed that the head of state was “very badly ill with blood cancer”. In a secretly recorded audio recording, the unknown magnate is said to have said that Putin was “very ill”. And further: “We all hope that Putin will die of cancer.” It is unclear who the oligarch is – in order to protect him from the Russian state, his name has so far remained unpublished. (nak)