Putin To Have Cancer Surgery, Hand Off Temporary Power To Former Intelligence Leader: Reports
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a conference as part of a summit called to attempt to find a lasting political solution to the civil war in Syria which has claimed in excess of 350 000 lives, at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul, on October 27, 2018.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin will reportedly undergo a medical operation for cancer, forcing him to temporarily hand over power to a former Federal Security Service (FSB) intelligence chief.

Nikolai Patrushev, the current Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, will receive temporary control from Putin during his upcoming operation, according to a video posted Saturday on the General SVR Telegram channel, a Russian outlet that claimed to interview a former Kremlin military leader. The New York Post described the source as “mysterious.”

“Putin is unlikely to agree to hand over power for a longer period of time,” the video stated, also adding: “I will say that this is the worst option. Patrushev is an outright villain. He is no better than Vladimir Putin. Moreover, he is a more cunning, and I would say, more insidious person than Vladimir Putin. If he comes to power, Russians’ problems will only multiply.”

Putin’s health condition has been the focus of much speculation recently as videos have shown shaking movements some have suggested could be a sign of Parkinson’s Disease. The man Putin will hand temporary power over to is a former head of an organization considered the modern-day KGB.

While details are sparse, the video hosted on the Telegram account suggested abdominal cancer.

At a church service in Moscow last month, Putin appeared to be unsteady and fidgety, at times biting his lips and making awkward faces.

“Fresh theories surrounding Vladimir Putin’s health are circulating after a recent appearance by the Russian president showed him biting his lips, fidgeting and appearing unsteady,” Sky News reported. “Mr Putin’s appearance at a church service has now sparked rumours that he is unwell after he seemed unable to stand still during the service.”

Putin’s appearance followed another recent episode when the 69-year-old appeared bloated as he firmly gripped a table during a Kremlin meeting with his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, The Daily Wire reported. Both men appeared to be in poor health, with Shoigu slurring his words following a stroke he suffered earlier this year.

Putin is also reportedly delaying surgery until after May 9.

“He has reportedly delayed surgery, which will now not take place before the Victory Day commemoration of Russia’s World War Two victory in Red Square on May 9,” the Daily Mail reported.

“The news comes amid speculation Putin will launch an all-out war across Ukraine and order mass mobilisation of military-age men, a considerable political risk,” the report added.

Explosions in an area of Moldova last week have led to new concerns that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could extend to the nearby former Soviet republic.

“On Monday, explosions rocked the headquarters of Transnistria’s state security ministry in Tiraspol. These were followed by more blasts on Tuesday at a broadcasting facility when two radio masts near the border with Ukraine were knocked out of service, NBC News reported on Friday.

“The region’s authorities also reported an attack on a military unit, but did not say when it took place. On Wednesday, they said shots were fired toward a village that houses a large ammunition depot,” the report added.

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