Putin Will Transfer Power Due To Cancer Surgery

A bloated Vladimir Putin has been seen gripping a table whilst slouching in his chair during a televised meeting with his defence minister amid rumours the Russian strongman is battling cancer. In a rare live appearance, Putin claimed Russia had ‘liberated’ the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, as he savagely ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to seal off all routes out of the Azovstal steelworks where defiant Ukrainians are holed up ‘so that even a fly cannot pass through’. But Putin’s poor posture and his apparently bloated face and neck sparked speculation about the Russian leader’s health, which has reportedly been in decline since his invasion of Ukraine. http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/68254

New reports indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to undergo surgery for cancer.

This story has sent shock waves throughout the country because Putin will be temporarily transferring his power to former Federal Police Chief Nikolai Patrushev.

Right now, it is unclear when Putin will be returning to office – though speculations are circulating.

While Putin is incapacitated in surgery, Russia’s government will be under the control of Patrushev – the current head of the Russian federal police’s Security Council.

Interestingly, all of this news comes after a video recently emerged showing Putin appearing “fidgety” during a church service.

The clip, which originally came from the mysterious Telegram channel “General SVR” on Saturday, has led to many questions about Putin and potential illnesses.

Per the New York Post: “The [Telegram] channel — which is purportedly run by a former Russian Foreign Intelligence Service lieutenant general known by the pseudonym “Viktor Mikhailovich” — reported that Putin has been told by doctors that he must undergo an operation.”

The Telegram channel also went on to provide more detailed information regarding Putin’s leave, estimating that it will not be longer than two or three days at most.

The Kremlin has not yet released an official statement on Putin’s cancer diagnosis or surgery. Regarding Patrushev, it’s worth noting that he is a particularly controversial figure in Russia and across the globe.

For some background: Patrushev served as the head of Russia’s FSB – the successor agency to the KGB – from 1999 until 2008. And during his time at the helm of the organization, he and others were accused of carrying out a number of human rights abuses.

Notably, Patrushev is also currently under US sanctions for his role in Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The health of 69-year-old Vladimir Putin has been the subject of much conjecture – especially in recent months – as the president has faced allegations that suggest he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and abdominal cancer.

Some have even claimed to notice early signs of dementia.

All of these health concerns come at a time when Putin’s grip on Russia seems to be slipping. As the Russian president has seen his poll numbers drop in recent months while the country faces mounting economic problems.

And with news of cancer surgery, it’s likely that Putin’s health – and Russia’s stability – will continue to be a hot topic of discussion in the weeks and months to come.

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