The unconfirmed claims were made on the General SVR Telegram channel, which also said that Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, would deputise for his leader during his enforced absence.
The Telegram channel has previously raised issues about Putin’s health – in particular they claimed the Russian president was suffering from Parkinson’s 18 months ago. In a recent post, General SVR said:
“The Russian President Vladimir Putin has oncology, and the latest problems identified during his recent examination are associated with this disease.”
They added that the Russian despot’s doctors wanted to operate as soon as possible, but had yet to be given the go ahead by Putin.
They wrote: “Putin’s attending physicians insist on the need for him to undergo a surgical operation in the near future, and although Putin did not give his consent in principle and the date of the operation was not agreed, he hurried to explain himself and get Patrushev’s response and promises.”
Nikolai Patrushev is a former KGB officer and belongs to the so-called ‘siloviki’ faction – former security and military officials who are seen as political hardliners.
He is a long time associate of Putin and is believed to be a member of his inner circle.
General SVR claimed Putin told Patrushev that, in the event of post-surgery complications, he would be put in charge of temporarily running Russia.
They said: “But something else is interesting, we know that Putin made it clear to Patrushev, that he considers him almost the only truly confidant and friend in the system of power.
Vladimir Putin’s cancer surgery comes at a time when there’s speculation that Russia will launch and all-out war across Ukraine.
The Kremlin has always denied Putin has medical issues as it portrays him to be in perfect health, even when he’s been mysteriously missing at times in recent years, the Daily Mail reports.
SVP stated that “Putin has discussed that he will be undergoing medical procedures. Doctors insist that he needs an operation, but the date has not yet been determined,” according to the Daily Mail.
The source added: “I don’t know for exactly how long [he will be incapacitated after the surgery … I think it’ll be for a short time.”