According to a Kremlin insider, Russian President Vladimir Putin may be forced to relinquish control of the Ukraine war for days as he undergoes cancer surgery, and will reportedly appoint hardline former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev to take temporary command of the invasion while he is under the knife.
According to a Daily Mail story, Patrushev, the 70-year-old current Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, is considered as a key architect of the war plan thus far, and the guy who convinced Putin that Kiev is swamped with neo-Nazis.
The remarkable accusations were made on the popular Telegram channel General SVR, which claims to have a well-placed individual in the Kremlin as its source, according to the article.
“I’m not sure how long it will last (Putin will be incapacitated after the surgery)… I believe it will only be temporary “According to a source close to the situation,
Putin was “unlikely to agree to a power transfer,” but he was willing to appoint a “charge d’affaires” to oversee Russia and the war effort.
“So, while Putin is in charge of the operation and returns to his senses in two or three days,” the source said, “the true control of the nation transfers solely to Patrushev.”
According to the Daily Mail, such a move would be unusual because the Russian constitution stipulates that authority should be vested only in the Prime Minister.
Putin was diagnosed with stomach cancer and Parkinson’s disease 18 months ago, according to General SVR. According to the Daily Mail, Putin has postponed surgery, which will now take place after the Triumph Day celebration of Russia’s World War II victory in Red Square on May 9.
The report comes amid rumours that Putin would declare war on Ukraine and order the mass mobilisation of military-age males, posing a significant political risk.
The procedure was supposed to take place in the second part of April, but it was postponed, according to SVR.
“Putin was advised to have surgery, and the date is currently being discussed and agreed upon,” the publication reported. “There appears to be no pressing need, yet it cannot be postponed.”He also suffers from Parkinson’s disease and schizoaffective disorder, which carries symptoms of schizophrenia including hallucinations and mania.
Putin’s medical concerns have long been disputed by the Kremlin, which depicts him as in good condition despite his strange absence in recent years, according to the Daily Mail.
“Putin has mentioned that he would be having medical operations,” the outlet’s source, allegedly an unidentified former high-ranking Kremlin military member, stated in a video summarising General SVR’s assertions.