A Russian intelligence officer has claimed that President Vladimir Putin has been given just three years to live as he has a “severe form of rapidly progressing cancer”, the Independent reported.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) officer also alleged that the 69-year-old president is losing his eyesight and suffering from headaches.
The FSB officer revealed the information about Putin’s rapidly deteriorating health to the former Russian spy Boris Karpichkov, who is currently living in the UK, the Independent further reported.
“We are told he is suffering from headaches and when he appears on TV he needs pieces of paper with everything written in huge letters to read what he’s going to say,” the Russian officer said.
Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has denied rumors about Putin’s rapidly deteriorating health. “I don’t think that sane people can see in this person signs of some kind of illness or ailment,” Lavrov told France’s broadcaster TF1.