An oligarch connected to the Kremlin has stated Putin is “very ill with blood cancer.” This could lead to an overall shift in Russia’s leadership. Under these circumstances, an ex-MI6 head has made the claim that Putin will land in a sanatorium and lose power by 2023.
A former MI6 chief recently forecast that Russian President Vladimir Putin will end up in a long-term medical institution by next year, amid reports that the Kremlin strongman’s health is deteriorating.
On the “One Decision” podcast, Sir Richard Dearlove suggested that Putin, 69, be transferred to a sanatorium as part of an escape plan from Russia’s catastrophic campaign in Ukraine.
“I’m really going to stick my neck out. I think he’ll be gone by 2023,” predicted Dearlove, a co-host of the podcast. “Probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as leader of Russia.”
According to Dearlove, who led the British Secret Intelligence Service from 1999 to 2004, keeping Putin in the medical institution would be an “elegant” substitute to a coup.
Subscribe to GreatGameIndia
He warned that if Putin steps down, Moscow has no contingency plan in place, but that Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev will take over.
“If my thesis were fulfilled and Putin did disappear into a sanatorium, I think he’s the likely stand-in,” Dearlove said. “And of course the stand-in [in] this scenario probably becomes permanent. I mean, you know there is no succession in the Russian leadership. They certainly don’t succession-plan.”
Since Russia’s conflict in Ukraine began, there have been concerns about Putin’s health.
According to a secret tape acquired by New Lines Magazine, an oligarch connected to the Kremlin stated Putin is “very ill with blood cancer.”
Putin’s health credentials have not been confirmed.
Putin had cancer around the time Stone interviewed him numerous times between 2015 and 2017, according to American film director Oliver Stone on the Lex Fridman show.
“Remember this, Mr. Putin has had this cancer and I think he’s licked it,” Stone stated on the program.
Watch the video below: