Russian President Vladimir Putin is severely ill and suffering from "Parkinson's disease and schizoaffective disorder", according to inside sources.
This comes after one of Russia's top oligarchs claimed he was “very ill with blood cancer”, with rumours circulating that he is due to undergo surgery.
There have even been reports that the Kremlin is lining up body doubles to maintain the illusion of control amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian government is yet to officially confirm whether its leader is unwell.
The Kremlin insider, speaking on the General SVR Telegram channel and claiming to have the inside track on Putin's health woes, said that Putin actually delayed a surgery ahead of Monday's (May 9) Victory Day parade in Moscow, reports the Mirror.
The channel reports: "Putin was recommended to undergo surgery, the date of which is being discussed and agreed.
"There seems to be no particular urgency, but it cannot be delayed either."
It continued: "The Russian President Vladimir Putin has oncology, and the latest problems identified during [his latest] examination are associated with this disease."
The source added that he is suffering from "Parkinson's disease and schizoaffective disorder".
The Kremlin has stated that Putin is fit and well but his strict precautions during the pandemic and use of long tables to meet other political leaders have only strengthened rumours.
Previously, the former head of MI6 also agreed that Putin was displaying all the signs that he was seriously ill.
Sir Richard Dearlove said speculation suggests the President could have Parkinson's which would cause symptoms such as "loss of restrain".
Speaking to GB News he added: "And then there’s visual evidence he may be on steroids because of the way his appearance has changed.
"I think it's very worrying. Let's suppose that’s the case – we don’t know – someone in that position who seems so dominant, has his finger on the nuclear button, yes it’s very worrying."
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