Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a former head of MI6, could be deposed by the end of the year.

Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, predicted Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will no longer be the leader of his country by 2023 due to health issues.

In the midst of swirling rumors about Putin’s health and fears of economic collapse and military defeat in Ukraine, Dearlove suggested that senior Kremlin officials were looking for ways to oust him.

Here’s what Dearlove said during the One Decision podcast:

“I think he’ll be gone by 2023, but probably into the sanatorium,” adding that Putin, who is 69 years old, will not emerge as the “leader of Russia” anymore after coming out of the medical facility. 

Dearlove believes that a coup is unnecessary to remove Putin. Putin could be placed in a sanatorium, according to Dearlove, due to his rumored battles with cancer and Parkinson’s disease–neither of which seem to be going well.

“I’m not saying he won’t emerge from the sanatorium, but he won’t emerge as the leader of Russia any longer.”

“That’s a way to sort of move things on without a coup.”

More details of this story from the Daily Mail:

With persistent rumours of serious ill health for the Russian strongman, one method of ‘moving things on’ without need for a violent coup would be to place him in a long term hospital for the incurably unwell, suggested Richard Dearlove.

The various Russian systems of governance over the centuries have always been autocratic and have never been designed with transitions of power in mind.

Indeed, Russia has been autocratic when not downright totalitarian for its entire existence as a state. The closest thing to a Democratic transition of power, which itself is still questionable, that Russia has ever witnessed was the transition from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin at the turn of the millennium.

Dearlove’s comments come amid ongoing speculation about Putin’s health, even though the Kremlin has not publicly commented about it since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Earlier this week, U.S. film director Oliver Stone said that the Russian president has already struggled with and overcome cancer during the time in which the filmmaker focused his work on the Russian president.

“Remember this, Mr. Putin has had this cancer and I think he’s licked it,” Stone said without specifying the type of cancer he had.

Sources: 100percentfedup, Daily Mail

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