VLADIMIR Putin may have died with a double body taking his place when appearing in public, MI6 leaders claim.
British intelligence officials say the Russian tyrant’s agents will have to keep his death a secret from the world for weeks – or even months.
Putin’s health has long been a source of speculation and Moscow has remained tight-lipped over the past few years, insisting that Mr Vlad’s health is “excellent”.
But Western intelligence suggests that the Russian President has serious health problems such as cancer and Parkinson’s – and recent public appearances have fueled many rumors about his physical condition.
He appeared less mobile and his face puffy, with experts suggesting he was on steroids or undergoing cancer treatment.
Putin’s dramatic change in appearance from a strong man to a sick man has raised suspicions that he is unwell.
An intelligence source said it was more likely that Putin’s recent public appearances were pre-recorded – and that he may have died with a double body in his place.
A source told the Daily Star: “Putin is very ill and when he dies, his death will be kept a secret for weeks, if not months.
“There is also the possibility that he is dead. Can’t know.
“It is believed that Putin used his body twice in the past when he was unwell and the Kremlin can do the same now.
“Putin is the head of a small group of senior officials who are completely loyal to him.”
The source added: “The real fear (for those close to him) is that once his death is announced, there could be a coup in the Kremlin and Russian generals. will want to withdraw from Ukraine.
“Putin’s death would leave them helpless and vulnerable, so they have a definite interest in saying that Putin is alive – when the opposite might be true.”
Two weeks ago, a Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin claimed Mr. Putin was “severely ill with blood cancer” and needed surgery before he invaded Ukraine.
An MI6 agent says Putin’s rumored health problems are now costing him power in the Kremlin.
Christopher Steele claimed the Kremlin was in a state of “increasing chaos and turmoil”.
Steele, who previously worked for the Russia desk at MI6, said Putin had to bow out of meetings for treatment and that he was “constantly” monitored by doctors.
But even when he was present, the control maniac famously claimed that there was “no clear political leadership”.
It was the Covid pandemic that really raised concerns about Putin’s health.
According to The New York Times, Putin has imposed strict quarantine measures on anyone who comes to see him in person.
The visitors were forced to quarantine for two weeks before their scheduled meeting, before being soaked in disinfectant along the way.
According to reports, the specially created tunnel will spray guests with a disinfectant spray, while also shining a UV light at guests to further disinfect them.
Putin’s health has also come under close scrutiny after the war in Ukraine, and rumors continued to surface after a recent military parade when the duvet was seen covering his feet.
An oncologist said Putin may be suffering from “brain chemistry,” a cancer-related cognitive decline caused by treatment.