A Russian intelligence officer has claimed that President Vladimir Putin has been given three years to live as he is facing a rapidly progressing cancer, the Independent said in a report. The report further stated that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officer also alleged that 69-year-old Putin is also losing his sight.
This comes amid growing speculation that the health of Mr. Putin is deteriorating rapidly. However, on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied speculation that President Putin was ill and said there were no signs of ailment.
Independent further said in its report that the FSB official revealed the latest about President Putin’s health in a message to Russian spy Boris Karpinchkov, who lives in the UK.
“We are told that he is suffering from headaches and whenever he appears on television he needs pieces of paper on which everything is written in very big letters to read what he is going to say. They are huge each page can only hold a couple of sentences and his eyesight is worsening,” as per the part of the message that is released by news.com.au.
Earlier this month, Express carried a report which states that Vladimir Putin underwent surgery to remove fluid from his abdomen. The report further said that the operation went well and without complications.
However, Mr. Lavrov denied the speculation about Russian President Putin’s health. While answering a question from France’s broadcaster TF1, Russia’s top diplomat said, “I don’t think that sane people can see in this person signs of some kind of ailment or illness”.
Mr. Lavrov said that President Putin, who will turn 70 this October, appears in public every day.
Vladimir Putin, who has been in power in Russia for more than two decades, sent troops to Ukraine on 24th February, sending shock waves across the world.