It is being reported that Vladimir Putin, the 70-year-old Russian leader, is preparing to step down from his position as the leader of Russia due to his rapidly deteriorating health.
Intelligence officials have revealed that Putin is planning to “disappear” from his leadership position within the Kremlin because there is “clearly something wrong” with his health.
This sudden development comes at a time when Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine is “going from bad to worse,” and Putin’s political career is “hanging in the balance” as his forces struggle to take control of the neighboring nation, one year after first invading in February 2022.
The rumors about Putin’s health have been circulating for some time, with many experts and intelligence officials expressing concern about his ability to lead the country.
Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, recently stated that “he’s probably faced with another call-up. That clearly is deeply unpopular in Russia.”
He went on to say that “there must be massive tensions within the leadership group inside the Kremlin, there must be massive tensions socially across Russia over this whole issue.” Dearlove also stated that “I just don’t think we can say if he will be deposed.”
The alleged “course of treatment” Putin is receiving has also reportedly left the Russian leader’s “psycho-emotional state” drastically affected, and the drugs he is continuing to receive as part of the treatment reportedly cause “weakness, dizziness, and lack of appetite” that do not “affect his psycho-emotional state in the best way.”
Furthermore, there was a recent back-and-forth between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov regarding whether Putin is still alive.
Zelenskyy said during a forum on Thursday, “I don’t quite understand if he is alive, if he is making the decisions, or who is making the decisions there.” Peskov, however, refused to clarify or confirm whether the Russian leader is still alive and responded by saying “Clearly, Zelenskyy would prefer for neither Russia nor Putin to exist.”
This recent turn of events has raised many questions about the future of Russia and the stability of the country. It remains to be seen how Putin’s departure from leadership will affect the ongoing war against Ukraine, and whether or not his health issues will have a significant impact on his ability to lead the country.