A Kremlin insider has said that Vladimir Putin could hand over power to hardline security council security secretary Nikolai Patrushev, 70, as he will “have cancer surgery.”
It has been reported that Putin has already delayed having the operation and his doctors have insisted this happens in “the near future” as the cancer is “progressing.”
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This was reported on the Telegram channel General SVR who has a source in the Kremlin. Patrushev is a former KGB counterintelligence officer and is the “worst option” and has been a key figure head in the attack on Ukraine.
General SVR channel have said that Putin suffers from a schizoaffective disorder, a mental health disorder which has been marked by a combination of schizophrenia symptoms.
These include hallucinations or delusions and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.
Patrushev is reportedly to be Putin’s “only trusted person and friend in the system of power.”
An anonymous former high-ranking Kremlin military figure said “there seems to be no particular urgency” over the alleged surgery.
Doctors have said that “it cannot be delayed either” according to the General SVR.
The said, “Putin has discussed that he will be undergoing medical procedures,” and “doctors insist that he needs an operation, but the date has not yet been determined.
“I don’t know for exactly how long [he will be incapacitated after the surgery]… I think it’ll be for a short time.”
They added, “It was possible to contain it for some time, but now the course of the disease is progressing.
“I do not want to voice any forecasts now, so as not to reassure you once again, because in this situation you should not be very hopeful.”