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Asaccording to reports Vladimir Putin’s health worsens, body doubles have been put on alert to replace the Russian president when he soon undergoes surgery cancer, according to the New York Post.
Putin will be out of duty for up to 10 days and body doubles will be used to make it look like he is still in control of the country, the report said. independent anti-Putin channel on Telegram “General SVR”.
The mysterious Telegram account also claimed that pre-recorded footage of Putin attending meetings and signing laws will be released to make it look like he is still working.
The channel, which is allegedly run by a former lieutenant general of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service known by the pseudonym “Viktor Mikhailovich”, previously reported that Putin will undergo cancer surgery and temporarily hand over power to Nikolai Patrushev, a hard-line former federal police chief while incapacitated.
“The time (of surgery) has already been determined,” reported General SVR.
“It will take place at night from 1am to 2am, with the date yet to be determined, but all medical staff will be on duty from tonight,” he said.
“The date varies for safety reasons, but it must be understood that the doctors insist that the surgery be done sooner rather than later.
“All the doctors are Russian, they have all passed checks at various levels,” the outlet added.
Russian investigative outlet The Project has claimed that Putin has been seen by an oncologist 35 times in recent years.
The 69-year-old leader has become so paranoid about his health, the outlet claimed, that he has even resorted to unconventional and barbaric therapies.
Putin is said to bathe in the blood drawn from deer antlers, which are cut while they are growing and are still full of fresh blood, the outlet said.
An oncologist, identified by the outlet as Evgeny Selivanov, reportedly made dozens of secret visits to Putin’s vacation home in Sochi over just four years.
Putin, whose sickly appearance and unusually restless behavior in public have raised questions about his health, is also rumored to be suffering from a number of other serious illnesses, including Parkinson’s.
New questions about Putin’s physical condition were raised last month when he was seen clutching a desk during his meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The Kremlin has adamantly denied that President Vladimir Putin has any medical problems. On Wednesday, Putin skipped his beloved annual ice hockey game in Sochi and instead appeared on video with mysterious marks on his face.