Vladimir Putin will undergo surgery for abdominal cancer, and during the procedure will relinquish power of the Russian authoritarian state to his spy chief Nikolai Patrushev.
Reports also indicate that Putin is battling Parkinson’s disease shedding some light on why the dictator decided now was the time to invade Ukraine and isolate himself in the world, he is dealing with his own mortality.
But now it has been reported that 69-year-old Putin could soon vanish as he goes under the knife, with power transferred to Nikolai Patrushev.
Shadowy Patrushev, 70, is seen as a key architect of the Ukraine war strategy and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv was awash with neo-Nazis.
The claim was reported on Russian media outlet General SVR, which first raised issues of Putin’s health around 18-months ago.
“We know very well that he has cancer, and Parkinson’s disease, as we have said many times.
The news comes amid Putin’s failures in Ukraine where his military officials continue to urge him to drop the term “special operation” in favor of declaring a full-scale war in Ukraine.