Putin requires cancer surgery, his replacement decided
According to the New York Post, Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to undergo cancer surgery.
According to a video posted on the enigmatic Telegram channel “General SVR,” Russia’s president is so unwell that he has no choice but to appoint a stand-in.
According to the Post, that individual is Nikolai Patrushev, the director of Russia’s Security Council for the Federal Police.
New Haven professor and nuclear weapons control veteran Howard Stoffer tells the Herald that Patrushev has met with him just a few times.
A counter-terrorism expedition to Russia was “one of the most amazing meetings I’ve ever had,” said Stoffer. “He’s very serious. I don’t think he’ll do anything rash.”
When asked if the Telegram encrypted messaging app from Russia is legitimate, Stoffer said Patrushev is unlikely to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine or use nuclear weapons if the Post claim is accurate.
“He’s absolutely someone Putin trusts. They came up through the ranks together,” “This might be something as simple as a colonoscopy. But the Russians remain logical.”
Patrushev, he said, spoke fluent English and was eager to exchange information on terrorists with him at a UN summit on counter-terrorism following 9/11. They had supper together when they kept talking.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to be out of commission for “a short time” after undergoing surgery and rehabilitation, according to an unsubstantiated claim in the Washington Post.
Russians dissatisfied with Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine may be seeking to get in touch with U.S. intelligence via the darknet, according to reports from the CIA, which is encouraging them to do so.
On Monday, the agency launched a fresh effort to advertise its presence on a portion of the internet that can only be accessed with specialist software. The CIA operates a darknet site that is accessible exclusively using the Tor browser, which includes encryption features that are not available on most ordinary browsers.