Vladimir Putin is considering parachuting his daughter into parliament as the new power broker as her health deteriorates, it has been claimed today.
Katerina Tikhonova, 35, could become the new leader of United Russia, the country’s main ruling political party amid swirling Moscow intrigue over the Kremlin’s succession.
The extraordinary claim about rock ‘n’ roll dancer Katerina comes from Telegram channel General SVR, which claims alleged intelligence sources in Putin’s entourage.
The channel has long claimed that he suffers from serious illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and schizoaffective disorder.
He also made the startling claim that a ‘double’ stood in for Putin during a hospital visit to meet war-wounded soldiers in Moscow this week.
And that coincides with a prominent Russian military and political figure saying the war in Ukraine could last up to ten years.
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Tikhonova – who recently underwent expensive beauty treatments in Munich – is Putin’s second daughter by former first lady Lyudmila, his ex-wife.
“Putin’s inner circle has started talking again about the need for a consensus figure for the elites in the leadership of United Russia, who would unite and guarantee the current status quo and continuity of power,” the controversial channel said. which claims to be authored by an exiled Kremlin lieutenant general known by the pseudonym of Viktor Mikhailovich. .
“The candidacy of the daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin Katerina Tikhonova for the post of leader of the United Russia party is again being actively discussed.
“And I must say that recently, without exception, all interested people in Putin’s entourage support this idea.”
When the idea was raised late last year, “there was no unequivocal endorsement”.
“Now the situation has changed and the war, which has been going on for three months, has created the preconditions and demand from the elites for a clear understanding of their future without Putin,” the channel said.
He continues to claim that if Putin is suddenly incapacitated, the reins of power will first fall on Gray Cardinal Nikolai Patrushev, 70, secretary of the Russian Security Council, rather than technocrat Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, 56 years, who should take the reins of power. according to the constitution.
But he also claims the next president could be Patrushev’s son Dmitry, 44, now agriculture minister, with Tikhonova – who is not currently in parliament – acting as a puppeteer.
“Today, Putin is the only guarantor of the stability of the system, and this, in conditions of war and the dissemination of information about the serious illnesses of the president, begins to cause maximum anxiety among the elites”, the post said.
“In the understanding of a narrow circle of people with access to the presidential ear, Katerina Tikhonova is the only person who can act as a guarantor of the stability of the existence of Putin’s regime, without being a direct successor to it. .
“Being at the head of the ruling party and de facto managing the State Duma and the Federation Council [the two houses of parliament]Tikhonova will balance any successor to the presidency.
“In general, Putin approves of such a position of succession as Dmitry Patrushev as president and Katerina Tikhonova as mistress of the power system.
“How close this option will be to implementation, we will soon see.
“The president will not be able to delay such decisions.”
In another surprise claim, General SVR alleged that a look-alike replaced an ailing Putin when he was shown on TV visiting Mandryk Central Military Clinical Hospital, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
He also claimed that Putin underwent surgery for cancer last week, although this was not revealed by the Kremlin.
And he said “canned” footage of Putin at meetings has been used in recent days to hide him undergoing medical treatment.
During the hospital visit, he said: “Putin and the SFO [Federal Security Service]of course, are master illusionists, but they are still far from the glory of David Copperfield.
Putin’s forces could be dragged into the war in Ukraine for up to a decade, warned Vladimir Shamanov, a senior lawmaker who is a former commander of Russian paratroopers.
He has been described as the “butcher of Chechnya” for his role in suppressing the strife-torn region in two wars, but was given the title of Hero of Russia.
Asked about the future conduct of the war in Ukraine, he said: “That is the hardest question to predict right now.
“There will be a very long period of time when only we will be present because we have to completely demilitarize Ukraine, which is a difficult question that will take five to ten years.
“Second, denazification, which will go in parallel.
“Forming a government that hasn’t messed with these neo-Nazis, and that’s going to be hard to do.”
Tikonova was revealed this month to have made regular trips to Munich to be with her new lover Igor Zelensky, 52, who until recently directed the Bavarian State Ballet.
The Russian ballet icon was ousted after refusing to speak out against Putin’s savage war in Ukraine.
Previously, she was married to the youngest Russian billionaire, Kirill Shamalov, 40, whose father is close to Putin.
Born when her father was a KGB spy in Germany, Tikhonova is reportedly deputy director of the Mathematical Research Institute of Complex Systems at Moscow State University.
Previously, before her identity as Putin’s daughter became known, she participated in international “rock’n’roll” dance competitions.
Her older sister is Dr. Maria Vorontsova, a leading researcher at the National Center for Medical Research in Endocrinology of the Ministry of Health of Russia.
She has a half-sister Luiza Rozova, 19, daughter of Putin’s ex-lover, Svetlana Krivonogikh, 45, housekeeper turned multi-millionaire.
Krivonogikh is now co-owner of a major Russian bank, one of the richest women in the country with a financial and real estate fortune estimated at £74million.
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General channel SVR is also believed to be linked to political analyst Professor Valery Solovey – who has claimed detailed knowledge of Putin’s alleged health issues.
Solovey – who has secret sources in the Kremlin – said in an interview with youtube channel Zhivoi Gvozd: “It is an undeniable fact that [Putin] has a whole bunch of pretty serious illnesses.
He was previously a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) – frequented by future high-level diplomats and spies.
US filmmaker Oliver Stone, who has spent many hours with Putin making documentaries about him, has alleged in recent days that the Kremlin leader had suffered from cancer in the past, which he “licked”.
Former MI6 director Sir Richard Dearlove predicted that Putin would be sent to a sanitarium and be gone by 2023, due to medical issues.
Other Western sources have recently become convinced that warmonger Putin is suffering from significant health issues.
Putin – who turns 70 in October – recently skipped an annual ice hockey game that normally features on his diary.
Last year, he said of ice hockey, “You extend your life, you give it a better quality and a deeper meaning.
Solovey was caught up in a sting published this month, after he was caught on secret camera meeting a senior British diplomat at a restaurant in central Moscow.
Footage likely sourced from the Russian secret service and broadcast on pro-Putin Telegram channels showed him and other Moscow opposition experts in conversation with the British diplomat.
British sources do not deny the meetings which obviously show that the diplomat is doing her job by engaging with a series of interlocutors.