Russian President Vladimir Putin may undergo cancer surgery while temporarily handing over power to the country’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, according to an unverified report by the US New York Post.
Doctors reportedly told Putin he had to undergo an operation, the The New York Post reported citing a Telegram channel allegedly run by a former lieutenant general of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, ANI news agency reported.
The planned surgery and recovery should incapacitate Putin for “a short period”, according to the report.
Referring to Putin’s so-called “sickly appearance and unusually restless behavior in public” of late, the New York Post report said the Russian president would be suffering from cancer and a host of other serious illnesses. , including Parkinson’s disease.
However, a US official said the media reports could not be verified, with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby saying on Monday that “I haven’t seen anything that would help us corroborate this,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday. the New York Post.
A few days ago, Putin allegedly had a two-hour “heart-to-heart” conversation with Nikolai Patrushev, according to the New York Post report citing a Telegram article.
“We know that Putin signaled to Patrushev that he considered him his only ally and trusted friend in the government,” the post said. “Furthermore, the president promised that if his health deteriorated, effective control of the country would temporarily pass into the hands of Patrushev.”
“Patrushev is a real villain. He is no better than Vladimir Putin. Moreover, he is more cunning, and I would say, more insidious than Vladimir Putin. If he comes to power, the problems of Russians will only increase. multiply,” said the owner of the Telegram channel that claimed Putin’s cancer surgery.
“Putin is unlikely to agree to cede power for a longer period,” the Telegram channel added, adding that control of the country will likely be in Patrushev’s hands for a maximum of two to three days, the New reported. York Post. .
Russia’s Security Council, of which Patrushev is secretary, is an influential body that answers directly to Putin and advises on military and security issues in Russia, the New York Post reported, adding that most of the The council’s power is vested in Patrushev, who is widely seen as a staunch ally of Putin.
Like Putin, Patrushev is a career Russian intelligence operative, first with the Soviet KGB and later with the Russian FSB, according to the report citing the Moscow Times.
Last week, in a rare interview with Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Patrushev accused America and Europe of supporting neo-Nazi ideology in Ukraine and seeking to prolong the conflict “to the last Ukrainian”, according to the report.
“Using their henchmen in kyiv, the Americans, in an attempt to suppress Russia, decided to create an antipode of our country, cynically choosing Ukraine for this, trying to essentially divide one people,” reportedly he declares.
Questions about the Russian president’s health have been raised in recent weeks, particularly after he was seen clutching a desk tightly during his meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last month.
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