British intelligence analyzes Putin's health: He is seriously ill
A former British spy who wrote a dossier on former US President Donald Trump and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election says several sources have confirmed that the Russian president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is "seriously ill".
Christopher Steele, who headed MI6's Russia department in London between 2006 and 2009 and worked there in the 1990s, said Putin's illness was "part" of what was happening in Ukraine.
- Certainly from what we hear from sources in Russia and elsewhere, is that Putin is actually seriously ill. It is not clear what exactly this disease is, whether it is curable or terminal or something else. "But of course I think that's part of the equation," Steele told the British media Sky News .
His comments come after Ukrainian Major General Kirillo Budanov in an interview with "Sky NewsHe said that the Russian leader was seriously ill with cancer and that a coup was being carried out in Russia to remove it.
Speculation about Vladimir Putin's health has been circulating for several years, but it has intensified since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine, regional media reported.
The New Lines magazine reported that it had received an audio recording of an oligarch close to the Kremlin describing the Russian president as "very ill with blood cancer", although he did not specify the type of cancer.
It states that the headquarters of the Russian secret service FSB, has sent a strict memorandum to all its regional directors, in which it instructs them not to believe the rumors about the terminal condition (stage of the disease) of the Russian president.
- When you see this happening, you think it is probably true. "So I think an element of his illness is inherited," said Christopher Steele.
The rumors intensified on Wednesday when Vladimir Putin's address during the Victory Day commemoration was closely monitored, and observers studied his movements and physical appearance. Body language experts said the president's face was "swollen" and his gait "unstable", which some suggest may be from the medication he is taking for his illness.
However, British expert Steele said that even if he was ill, it would still be difficult for anyone else to influence Putin's approach.
Putin, 69, is seen limping during the Victory Day parade after watching a display with a blanket over his lap in the latest sign of his poor health
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The British government, meanwhile, has announced that it has imposed sanctions on Putin's family members, as well as on friends and allies who owe Putin their wealth and power, and in return support his military machinery.
Among those most affected by the sanctions are Putin's ex-wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, and former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who is said to have close ties to Putin and his legal daughters.
"There are very few people who are willing to oppose or quarrel with President Putin." "We can only hope that this will lead to some change in policy or even regime in the foreseeable future, but that is certainly not certain."