Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is battling abdominal cancer as well as symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and had emergency surgery in February, according to Kremlin insiders.
Political analyst Valery Solovei – whose earlier claims about the Russian leader’s failing health were denied – also said Putin plans to announce his Kremlin exit early in the New Year.
Putin is reportedly grooming his daughter Katerina Tikhonova to take over from him.
“There is a fatal diagnosis,” Solovei said.
The Sun reports that Solovei said of 68-year-old Putin’s twin health traumas: “One is of psycho-neurological nature, the other is a cancer problem.”
Solovei is a political scientist and historian and former head of the Public Relations Department Moscow State Institute of International Relations, one of the most prestigious universities in Russia.
”The second diagnosis is a lot, lot more dangerous than the first named diagnosis as Parkinson’s does not threaten physical state, but just limits public appearances.
“But there is a fatal diagnosis.
“Based on this information people will be able to make a conclusion about his life horizon, which wouldn’t even require specialist medical education.”
Solovei claims Putin underwent surgery in February and another Russian source went on to claim it was an abdominal cancer operation.
Few gaps in the President’s schedule are apparent at the time but it is claimed his first appearance after the surgery was to lay flowers in St Petersburg memorial site on February 19.