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Vladimir Putin to undergo cancer surgery, transfer power

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to undergo cancer surgery and temporarily hand over power to a hardline former federal police chief, according to a new report.

Putin will transfer control of Russia’s government to Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian federal police’s Security Council, while he is incapacitated during and after the procedure, according to a video from the mysterious Telegram channel “General SVR” on Saturday.

The channel — which is purportedly run by a former Russian Foreign Intelligence Service lieutenant general known by the pseudonym “Viktor Mikhailovich” — reported that Putin has been told by doctors that he must undergo an operation.

The anticipated surgery and recovery are expected to incapacitate Putin for “a short time,” according to the unconfirmed report.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, Russia April 21, 2022.
Vladimir Putin will be incapacitated during and after the procedure.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a meeting of the Council of Legislators under the Russian Federal Assembly at the Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, 27 April 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to undergo cancer surgery.
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A bloated Vladimir Putin has been seen gripping a table whilst slouching in his chair during a televised meeting with his defense minister amid rumors the Russian strongman is battling cancer.
Putin’s sickly appearance and uncharacteristically fidgety behavior in public have recently raised questions about his health.
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“Putin is unlikely to agree to hand over power for a longer period of time,” the narrator of the video states, adding that the control of the country will likely be in Patrushev’s hands for no more than two to three days.

“I will say that this is the worst option,” the narrator adds. 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.”

“Viktor Mikhailovich” ominously hinted that he and his allies “will make certain efforts so this does not happen, and I hope we will succeed.”

people climbing over debris at the Azovstal steel plant, in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine.
People climbing over debris at the Azovstal steel plant, in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine.
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Azov regiment members walk with civilians during UN-led evacuations from the sprawling Azovstal steel plant, after nearly two months of siege warfare on the city by Russia during its invasion, in Mariupol, Ukraine in this still image from handout video released May 1, 2022 .
Azov regiment members walk with civilians during UN-led evacuations from the sprawling Azovstal steel plant, May 1, 2022.
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Dina, 81 of Mariupol reacts after arriving by car at an evacuation point for people fleeing Mariupol, Melitopol and the surrounding towns under Russian control on May 02, 2022 in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine.
Dozens of refugees were expected to arrive at an evacuation point from Mariupol, including the Azovstal steel facility.
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The insider claimed that Putin’s cancer is progressing, but darkly quipped that he doesn’t want to give viewers “false hope.”

Putin, 70, whose sickly appearance and uncharacteristically fidgety behavior in public have recently raised questions about his health, has been rumored to suffer from cancer and a host of other serious maladies, including Parkinson’s disease.

Putin’s suspected health problems come at a particularly inopportune moment, with the war in Ukraine in its third month and Russia suffering heavy losses on the battlefield.

Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev
Putin will transfer control of Russia’s government to Nikolai Patrushev.
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Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev (L) looks at President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the BRICS countries' senior officials in charge of security matters at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 26, 2015.
Nikolai Patrushev is head of the Russian federal police’s Security Council.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via a video conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 29, 2022.
Putin has been rumored to suffer from cancer and a host of other serious maladies.
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In a Telegram post that appeared Thursday, it was alleged that Patrushev had had a two-hour “heart-to-heart” conversation with Putin.

“We know that Putin signaled to Patrushev that he considers him to be practically his only trusted ally and friend in the government,” the post claimed. “Additionally, the president promised that if his health takes a turn for the worse, actual control of the country will temporarily pass into Patrushev’s hands.”

In early April, the authors behind the Telegram channel claimed that Putin’s doctors had recommended surgery for later that month, but that did not happen.

Internally displaced people sit in a bus after arriving from the frontline town of Orikhiv, at the evacuation point in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, 02 May 2022
Internally displaced people sit in a bus after arriving from the frontline town of Orikhiv, at the evacuation point in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, May 2, 2022.
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A boy from Mariupol looks out through the smashed windscreen of his family's car
A boy from Mariupol looks out through the smashed windshield of his family’s car after arriving with his family at an evacuation point.
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An elderly man looks on as he sits in a bus after arriving from the frontline town of Orikhiv, at the evacuation point in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
An elderly man looks out as he sits in a bus after arriving from the frontline town of Orikhiv, at the evacuation point in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, May 2, 2022.
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“General SVR” has been reporting on Putin’s supposed oncology diagnosis since at least November 2020, claiming that the Russian dictator suffers from bowel cancer.

Another Russian investigative news outlet, Proekt, claimed last month that Putin had been visited dozens of times by a top thyroid cancer surgeon at his Black Sea residence.

New questions were raised about Putin’s physical state last month when he was seen tightly gripping a desk during his meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The Kremlin has consistently denied that Putin suffers from any medical problems.

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