Ex MI6 boss claims that Vladimir Putin is seriously ill and is likely to be admitted to a sanitorium within the year. Proekt, an independent Russian media company has also reported that the Russian president is suffering from an unexplained illness.
Former MI6 boss, Sir Richard Dearlove has said that it is "simply a matter of time" before Russian president Vladimir Putin is sent for treatment for a string of alleged chronic illnesses.
Richard Dearlove has predicted that Putin will be admitted by 2023, following reports that the Russian president is suffering from cancer, Parkinson's, or early-stage dementia.
The former MI6 chief spoke on the One Decision podcast and claimed that Putin would soon be leaving office to receive specialist treatment.
Sir Dearlove said: "I think he'll be gone by 2023 - but probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia. "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."
Sir Dearlove went on to say that expert opinion in Russia is beginning to shift, indicating a change of attitude and thinking.
He added: "I don't think public opinion is really shifting yet in Russia, but I think expert opinion may be beginning to shift."
Dearlove said that he was "rather struck" after hearing Putin's latest reaction to Finland and Sweden's plans to join NATO and speculated that "somewhere in the machine there is a change of mood."
"Putin had said as long as NATO didn't open military bases in Sweden and Finland, them joining NATO was not going to be a problem for Russia, I think that there might be the sights of a shift," he continued.
Sir Dearlove speculated that we are coming to "the end of this regime in Russia" but "that doesn't mean it is going to disappear."
"What I'm saying over the next year, 18 months maybe something, it is going to break apart.
"There is no question that this Ukrainian venture is a catastrophe,
"The economy is in a mess, the sanctions are really going to start biting over the next three to six months, there will be very high inflation, and over and above that, militarily it is a complete fiasco."
A recent investigation into Vladimir Putin has claimed that his health has been failing for more than five years.
It has been said that the Russian president would vanish from the public eye for weeks at a time since 2017.
Proekt, an independent Russian media outlet carried out the study and scrutinised his absences as well as visits from specialist medics.
The report comes as former spy Christopher Steele, who ran the Russian desk at MI6 in London, said "Putin is seriously ill and is now in need of around-the-clock medical care."
Steele said that he believes the illness that has plagued Vladimir Putin has left the Kremlin reeling as they balance the war in Ukraine and the president's ill health.
Christopher Steele said: "He's constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors.
"Meetings of the security council that are shown to supposedly last for a whole hour are actually broken up into several sections, he goes out and receives some kind of medical treatment between those sections.
"So, clearly, he is seriously ill - how terminal or incurable it is, is not clear, we can't be entirely sure.
"But it's certainly having a serious impact on the governance of Russia at the moment."