Vladimir Putin to undergo cancer surgery, hand over temporary power to ex-spy chief, According to insiders, Russian President Vladimir Putin may be forced to abandon control of the Ukrainian war for a few days while undergoing cancer surgery, and will select hardline former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev to temporarily lead the invasion while he is under the knife.
Patrushev, 70, is the man who persuaded Putin that Kyiv is overrun by neo-Nazis. He is a shadowy character considered as a key architect of the war campaign thus far.
According to the report, the assertions were made on the popular Telegram channel General SVR, whose source is supposed to be a high-ranking Kremlin officer. General SVR reported that Putin has abdominal cancer and Parkinson’s
The allegation comes amid reports that Putin is planning to declare war on Ukraine and order the mass mobilization of military-age men, posing a serious political risk.
According to SVR, the surgical surgery was planned to take place in the second half of April, but it was postponed.
According to the publication, ‘Putin was urged to have surgery, and the date is currently being debated and decided upon.’
‘There doesn’t appear to be a compelling need, but it can’t be put off any longer.’
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 continued, “the true control of the country transfers solely to Patrushev.”