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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 former federal police chief, according to a new report.

Putin will hand over control of the Russian government to Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Security Council of the Russian Federal Police, while he is incapacitated during and after the trial, according to a video shared by the mysterious Telegram channel General SVR on Saturday.

The channel – which is said to be run by a former Russian lieutenant general in foreign intelligence using the alias “Viktor Mikhailovich” – reported that doctors told Putin that he needed an operation.

According to the unconfirmed report, the awaited surgery and recovery are expected to leave Putin incapacitated for a “brief period.”

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, Russia, April 21, 2022.
Vladimir Putin will be unable to work during and after the procedure.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a session of the Legislative Council of the Russian Federal Assembly April 27, 2022 at the Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to undergo cancer surgery.
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During a televised meeting with his defense minister, a bloated Vladimir Putin was seen clinging to a table as he settled into his chair amid rumors the Russian strongman was battling cancer.
Putin’s ailing appearance and unusually restless public behavior have recently raised questions about his health.
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“Putin is unlikely to agree to a handover of power for an extended period of time,” says the video’s narrator, adding that control of the country is unlikely to remain in Patrushev’s hands for more than 2-3 days.

“I’ll say that’s the worst option,” adds the narrator. “Patrushev is an absolute villain. He is no better than Vladimir Putin. He is also a more cunning, and I would say more insidious person than Vladimir Putin. If he comes to power, Russian problems will only multiply.”

“Viktor Mikhailovich” menacingly indicated that he and his allies “will make certain efforts to ensure that this does not happen, and I hope that we will succeed”.

People climb over rubble at the Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol in eastern Ukraine.
People climb over rubble at the Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupol in eastern Ukraine.
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Members of the Azov Regiment walk with civilians during UN-led evacuations from the sprawling Azovstal Steelworks after nearly two months of siege warfare on the city by Russia during its invasion of Mariupol, Ukraine, in this still image from the handout published May 1, 2022 -Video .
Members of the Azov Regiment walk with civilians during United Nations-led evacuations from the sprawling Azovstal Steel Plant, May 1, 2022.
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Dina, 81 from Mariupol, reacts after arriving by car at an evacuation point for people fleeing Mariupol, Melitopol and surrounding cities under Russian control, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, May 02, 2022.
Dozens of refugees were expected to arrive at an evacuation point from Mariupol, including the Azovstal Steel Plant.
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The insider claimed that Putin’s cancer is progressing, but somberly quipped that he didn’t want to give viewers “false hope.”

The 70-year-old Putin, whose frail appearance and unusually fidgety demeanor has recently raised public questions about his health, is said to be suffering from cancer and a host of other serious illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease.

Putin’s alleged health problems come at a particularly inopportune time as the war in Ukraine is now in its third month and Russia is suffering heavy battlefield casualties.

Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev
Putin will transfer control of the Russian government to Nikolai Patrushev.
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Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev (L) looks at President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with senior security officials from the BRICS countries at the Kremlin in Moscow May 26, 2015.
Nikolai Patrushev is the chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federal Police.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via video conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on Friday April 29, 2022.
Putin is rumored to be suffering from cancer and a number of other serious illnesses.
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A Telegram post that appeared on Thursday claimed that Patrushev had a two-hour “heart-to-heart” conversation with Putin.

“We know that Putin has signaled to Patrushev that he practically regards him as his only trusted ally and friend in government,” the Post claimed. “Furthermore, the President has promised that if his health deteriorates, actual control of the country will temporarily pass into Patrushev’s hands.”

In early April, the writers behind the Telegram channel claimed that Putin’s doctors recommended surgery for later that month, but that didn’t happen.

IDPs sit on a bus after arriving from the frontline city of Orikhiv at the evacuation point in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, May 02, 2022
IDPs sit on a bus after arriving from the frontline town of Orikhiv at the evacuation point in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, May 2, 2022.
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A boy from Mariupol looks through the shattered windshield of his family's car
A boy from Mariupol looks 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 on a bus after arriving from the frontline town of Orikhiv at the evacuation point in Zaporizhia, Ukraine
An elderly man looks on as he sits on a bus after arriving at the evacuation point in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, May 2, 2022 from the frontline city of Orikhiv.
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General SVR has been reporting on Putin’s supposed oncology diagnosis since at least November 2020, claiming the Russian dictator is suffering from colon cancer.

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

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 consistently denied that Putin has any medical problems.

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