Vladimir Putin’s health is said to be “severely deteriorating”.
The 69-year-old Russian president’s health has become a talking point in recent months and an opposition insider has said his army is “not in meetings” as the war in Ukraine continues.
General SVR told the Telegram channel that Putin had cancer and was battling other serious health problems for months.
The source added: “The possibility of being at a high level, we can say that soon the president will not be able to hold private meetings and participate in large events.”
Putin is also said to have performed body doubles at some events to hide his health issues.
Moreover, Putin is reportedly losing military support to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The source explained: “The entire Russian military leadership is responsible for the failed launch and the military process in general, as well as the huge loss of manpower and weapons, on President Vladimir Putin.”
Despite this, Putin’s military leaders are “undoubtedly to blame for all the failures and problems on the front”.
Meanwhile, the CIA director recently downplayed concerns about Putin’s health.
Bill Burns has spoken out about speculation about the Russian leader, saying he is “absolutely very healthy.” However, he acknowledged that his comments were not “standard intelligence judgments.”
Asked about Putin’s health, he joked in July that “there are a lot of rumors about President Putin’s health and as far as we can tell he is completely healthy.”
Meanwhile, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dismissed the speculation.
The president insisted that he felt “well” and “in good health”, and described the rumors as “except for fraud”.