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The head of Ukraine’s secret service believes that Putin is using a body double

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seriously ill and using body doubles, Ukraine’s top intelligence official has claimed.

In an interview broadcast on Ukraine’s Freedom TV channel, Major General Kyrylo Budanov claimed that Putin used doubles to avoid public appearances.

These stand-ins have different facial features, earlobes, chins, head shapes and even hairlines, according to Budanov, who is the head of the Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

“The picture, say, of the ears is different. And it’s like a fingerprint, each person’s ear image is unique. It cannot be repeated,” Budanov was quoted as saying by Ukraine’s TSN news agency.

While the face shape of Putin’s doppelgangers can be explained by cosmetic surgery or “cosmetic injections,” other details remained suspect, the official claimed.

“She [Putin’s body doubles] have different habits, different mannerisms, different gaits, sometimes even different sizes,” Budanov claimed, who offered no concrete evidence to support his claims.

During the broadcast, Budanov also claimed that Putin, who will be 70 this October, is seriously ill and that this is no big secret.

Putin’s public appearances have consistently fueled speculation about his health, with some even claiming he has Parkinson’s or cancer.

The Russian leader struggled to walk down the stairs of his jet during a recent visit to Iran. Putin’s right arm also looked rigid and stiff as he limped across the red carpet that was rolled out for him.

In a clip aired on Russian state television in June, the veins in Putin’s hand bulged as he clutched a table during a meeting in Moscow.

The Russian leader’s face was also bloated, while his legs appeared “pretty thin,” according to Professor Erik Bucy, a body language expert at Texas Tech University.

“This is not a portrait of a healthy Putin, but one who appears increasingly weak, barely able to sustain himself at a small conference table,” Bucy recently told The Sun.

Bulging veins can reportedly be a sign of blood clots or an autoimmune disease, but they’re also a natural sign of advancing age.


Russian President Putin chairs a meeting outside Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Strategic Development and National Projects Council via videoconference at a residence outside Moscow, Russia, July 18, 2022.
Photo: Reuters / SPUTNIK

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