Michael Clarke, professor of defense studies at King’s College London, says former KGB spy Nikolai Patrushev would succeed his longtime pal Putin if the president falls seriously ill
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An equally cruel tyrant could take control of Russia should Vladimir Putin fall seriously ill, a defense analyst has warned.
Michael Clarke, professor of Defense Studies at King’s College London, said former KGB spy Nikolai Patrushev would succeed his longtime pal Putin if rumors of the tyrant suffering from cancer or Parkinson’s were true.
He said: “If he is sick or gets sick, that would be a way out for Russia.
“To say that the President has resigned and the war is now being pursued by Nikolai Patrushev, who is just as evil as he is [Putin] is.
“But it would at least be a change of face that the West might be able to relate to.”
The defense expert claimed there is “no convincing evidence” to suggest that Putin’s health is failing and that Parkinson’s cannot be identified by “the way he walks” or cancer by “looking at the photos”. Sky news reports.
But over the weekend, Putin was seen visibly tense again as he presented a medal at an awards ceremony.
Some say he’s battling blood, thyroid or stomach cancer, while other experts believe the 69-year-old has early-stage Parkinson’s disease.
When he met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi last month, cameras caught him awkwardly twisting his feet as the pair sat down to talk.
If his apparent illness worsens or he dies, Patrushev will take the top spot, a lieutenant general in Russia’s foreign intelligence service revealed earlier this year.
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The former Russian spy added that Patrushev – known as the despot’s right-hand man and partner in criminal atrocities – “is no better than Vladimir Putin”.
He added: “If he comes to power, the problems of the Russians will only multiply.”
Rebekah Koffler, a former DIA intelligence officer, said he is the “most influential person in the Kremlin bureaucracy” and the “only person” who trusts Putin.
writing for them New York Postsaid Mr. Koffler: “Both men probably authorized the poisoning and killing of many Russian ‘enemies’.”
She explained some believe the two FSB officers ordered apartment buildings in Moscow to be bombed, killing up to 300 civilians in 1999.
This was allegedly done to frame Chechen terrorists and provide a pretext for a war against Chechnya.
By the following March, Putin’s popularity was such that he secured the presidency.
Ms Koffler said Patrushev was also a “rabid anti-American propagandist” who recently accused the US of nuclear bombing Ukraine and blamed it on Russia.
“There is an old Russian proverb. Literally translated it means ‘Two boots make a pair’.
“And Putin and Patrushev are a perfect match,” she added.
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