It’s simply a matter of time before Vladimir Putin is gone with plans underway to send him to a sanatorium, a top former MI6 chief predicts.
The warmonger could be placed in an establishment for the medical treatment of people with chronic illness by next year, Sir Richard Dearlove claims.
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There has been a string of claims about the health of the leader, with some reports suggesting he is suffering from cancer , undergoing chemotherapy and steroid treatment among other ailments.
Other reports claim Putin is suffering from Parkinson’s or early-stage dementia.
Speaking on the One Decision podcast, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service’s former boss says Putin would soon exit office to receive medical treatment.
“I think he’ll be gone by 2023 – but probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia,” he said on the show.
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“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.”
Putin’s health has been failing for more than five years, a new investigation into the deteriorating dictator’s condition has claimed.
The Russian president has vanished from public eye for weeks on end since 2017, it has been suggested.
Independent Russian media outlet Proekt carried out the study and scrutinised his absences as well as visits by specialist medics.
Hush-hush doctor visits in the past five years prove his health has been getting worse for some time, Express.co.uk reports.
It comes as former spy Christopher Steele, who ran the Russia desk at MI6 in London, says Putin is seriously ill and is now in need of around-the-clock medical care.
He believes the mysterious illness that has plagued the president, 69, has left the Kremlin reeling as they balance dealing with Putin’s health and the war in Ukraine .
“He’s constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors,” he said last week.
“Meetings of the security council that are shown to supposedly last for a whole hour are actually broken up into several sections, he goes out and receives some kind of medical treatment between those sections.
“So, clearly, he is seriously ill – how terminal or incurable it is is not clear, we can’t be entirely sure.
“But it’s certainly having a very serious impact on the governance of Russia at the moment.”
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