- A former spy said Putin had to halt meetings to continue receiving treatment.
- Christopher Steel said British talk radio station LBC in “The Kremlin’s Growing Confusion”.
- Steele’s remarks follow weeks of rumors about the health of the Russian president.
According to former British spy Christopher Steele, Vladimir Putin’s grip on power is waning and he needs regular medical breaks.
“We understand that there is increasing chaos in the Kremlin and the chaos,” Steele said. Interview with British talk radio station LBC on wednesday.
Steele is a former MI6 agent who worked in Russia for several years, including leading the Russian desk of an intelligence agency for three years.
In an interview with LBC, he said, “There is no clear political leadership of Putin, whose condition is getting worse, and the command system is not working properly from the military point of view.”
He did not give sources, but said he was “quite confident” of his claims. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has denied the matter several times.
“What we do know is that he constantly accompanies his team of doctors on the spot,” Steel said. Steele argued that government meetings, mostly televised, should be divided into sections so Putin can receive regular medical treatment.
“It is currently having a very serious impact on the Russian government,” he said.
Steele said Putin was “not likely to step down from Ukraine because of the sort of political corner he drew himself.” “Maybe he’s driving his desire to solidify his legacy as he sees it,” he added.
Rumors of Putin’s health have been circulating for months. May 14, Ukrainian Military Intelligence Director General Kyrylo Budanov told Sky News Putin is “very sick”, suggesting a Kremlin coup is underway.
And rumors have been rife after a recent television appearance revealed the president looking painful, restless and fat. There is speculation that the president may have dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or some kind of cancer.
some tabloids guess It has been attributed to an anonymous Telegram account called “General SVR”. It claims to be a former Kremlin senior official, but insiders cannot confirm.
Still, however, gave credence to Parkinson’s rumors, saying in an interview with LBC that Putin would be “probably” ill with the disease. Nevertheless, “we don’t know the exact details of what his disease was,” Steel said.
in april In-depth investigation by Russian independent media Proekt Also examining the flight records, they discovered that Putin had medical entourage with up to 12 doctors at a time, including numerous visits by thyroid cancer specialists over the past decade.
Steele is the author of a Trump-Russia document containing obscene claims about the former US president, including the rumored “pee tape”.
Since then, no evidence of the tape has been found, and other headline claims have either lost credibility or have not yet been independently confirmed. As CNN reported.