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News Story Source: https://www.the-sun.com, Will Stewart, Tariq Tahir
VLADIMIR Putin is set to undergo an operation for cancer and will hand over power to his hardline spy chief, a Kremlin insider has reportedly claimed.
The Russian tyrant's health has been source of considerable speculation amid reports that he is battling both abdominal cancer and Parkinson's Disease.
But now it has been reported that 69-year-old Putin could soon vanish as he goes under the knife, with power transferred to Nikolai Patrushev.
Shadowy Patrushev, 70, is seen as a key architect of the Ukraine war strategy and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv was awash with neo-Nazis.
The claim was reported on Russian media outlet General SVR, which first raised issues of Putin's health around 18-months ago.
They quote an anonymous former high-ranking Kremlin military figure as saying: "Putin has discussed that he will be undergoing medical procedures."
In video in which the source, whose voice appears to have been
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