Vladimir Putin’s state of health is said to have “severely deteriorated”.
The 69-year-old Russian president’s health has become a subject of speculation in recent months, and according to an opposition insider he is “no longer attending meetings” as his army continues the war in Ukraine.
The General SVR Telegram channel has claimed for months that Putin has been diagnosed with cancer and is also battling other serious medical issues.
The source added, “With a high degree of probability, we can say that soon the President will no longer be able to personally hold meetings and participate in major events.”
It has also been claimed that Putin used body doubles at certain events in an attempt to hide his health issues.
Moreover, Putin is said to be losing the support of his army amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The source explained: “Almost the entire military leadership of Russia blames both the unsuccessful start and, in general, the conduct of the military operation, as well as the huge losses of manpower and weapons, precisely to President Vladimir Putin.”
Despite this, Putin’s military leaders have “no doubt that they will be blamed for all the failures and problems at the front.”
Meanwhile, the CIA director recently dismissed speculation about Putin’s health.
Bill Burns addressed the speculation about the Russian leader, saying he was “entirely too healthy”. However, he acknowledged that his comments did not constitute “a formal intelligence judgment”.
Asked about Putin’s health, he joked in July: “There are a lot of rumors about President Putin’s health and as far as we can tell he is too healthy.”
Meanwhile, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the speculation.
He insisted the president was feeling “good” and in “good health”, and he described the rumors as “nothing more than hoaxes”.