By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Unconfirmed claims from the mystery ‘General SVR’ Telegram channel state that Putin is set to undergo cancer surgery. Putin’s cancer surgery will force him to hand over power in the Ukraine war ‘for days’ to former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev, claims a ‘Kremlin insider’. Reports suggest the Russian President is battling both abdominal cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Patrushev, the 70-year-old incumbent Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, is a key architect of the war strategy, and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv is awash with neo-Nazis.
The extraordinary claims say the source is a well-placed figure in the Kremlin.
“I don’t know for exactly how long (Putin will be incapacitated after the surgery)… I think it’ll be for a short time,” the insider source was quoted as saying.
Putin was “unlikely to agree to transfer power” but was ready to put in place a “charge d’affaires” to control Russia and the war effort. “So, while Putin has the operation and comes to his senses, likely two or three days, the actual control of the country passes only to Patrushev,” the source added.
Putin has reportedly delayed surgery, which will now not take place before the Victory Day commemoration of Russia’s World War Two victory in Red Square on May 9.
The news comes amid speculation that Putin will launch an all-out war across Ukraine and order mass mobilization of military-age men, a considerable political risk.
The surgery had been scheduled for the second half of April but was delayed, SVR claimed.
“Putin was recommended to undergo surgery, the date of which is being discussed and agreed,” the outlet stated. “There seems to be no particular urgency, but it cannot be delayed either.”
The Kremlin has always strongly denied Putin has medical problems and portrays him as in robust health, even as he has been mysteriously absent in recent years.
In a video detailing General SVR’s claims, the outlet’s source, supposedly an anonymous former high-ranking Kremlin military figure, said: “Putin has discussed that he will be undergoing medical procedures.”