Vladimir Putin’s future is under threat as he is very worried he could be removed from power in a coup as anger is growing over his invasion in to Ukraine.
On Sunday, ex-MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove said that Putin “will be gone by 2023” and the Russian President could be sent to a “sanatorium” to avoid a coup.
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Sir Richard said, “I think he’ll be gone by 2023 – but probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia.
“I’m not saying he won’t emerge from the sanatorium, but he won’t emerge as the leader of Russia any longer.
“That’s a way to sort of move things on without a coup.”
Professor Mark Galeotti who is an expert on Putin has also said that time “is running out” for the Russian leader as his health is failing fast.
Professor Galeotti of the University College London said that his health is failing fast and he is losing the war in Ukraine.
He told the Mail Online, “Time is running out. He’ll be 70 in October and he is clearly unwell.
“Rumour has it that he may have Parkinson’s disease, or thyroid cancer or blood cancer. I am not a doctor, but I have been watching Putin closely for 25-years and there is something very wrong.
“It was strange to see him — the man who made such political capital out of his black belt in judo, his ice-hockey and bare-chested horse-riding — sitting at the Victory Day commemoration of triumph over the Nazis in Moscow on 9 May surrounded by ten bodyguards and with a blanket over his knees.
“The Russian president has always been security conscious, but today, on the losing side of his ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine for which he has only himself to blame, Putin is more paranoid than ever.”