WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Russian leader Vladimir Putin may already be dead as MI6 sources claim he could have been replaced with a body double. Intense speculation about the warmonger’s health follows
Russian despot Vladimir Putin may already be dead, British intelligence chiefs believe.
Senior MI6 bosses say the Russian President was seriously ill and if he had died his cronies would keep quiet about it in order to stay in power as long as possible.
A source told the Latest Page News Sunday that Putin’s recent media appearances were most likely pre-taped.
A body double may also have been used at public events such as the Moscow Victory Day Parade earlier this month.
An intelligence source said: “Putin is very ill and if he dies his death will be kept secret for weeks if not months.
“There is also a possibility that he is already dead. It’s impossible to know. Putin is believed to have used body doubles in the past when he was ill, and the Kremlin may be doing so now.
“Putin is the head of a small group of high-ranking officials who are completely loyal to him.
“The real fear (for his cronies) is that after the announcement of his death, there could be a coup in the Kremlin and Russian generals want to pull out of Ukraine.
“Putin’s death will leave them powerless and vulnerable, so they have a vested interest in saying that Putin is alive – when the opposite might be the case.”
The 69-year-old’s health has deteriorated significantly in recent months. He appeared less mobile and his face was bloated, with some observers suspecting he may have blood cancer.
It is widely believed that he is on steroids or receiving cancer treatment which has caused him to have a puffy face.
Two weeks ago, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin said Putin was “severely ill with blood cancer” and underwent surgery before invading Ukraine.
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The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, also claimed that Putin was seriously ill with cancer.
Russian affairs expert Fiona Hill, who has met Putin in the past, said he “doesn’t look that good” and may be on “high doses of steroids”.
It has now turned out that Russian tank losses are so great that the Kremlin has had to use a machine called the T-62 that is over 60 years old.