A former KGB agent who defected to the West said members of Putin’s inner circle were being kept in the dark about the Russian president’s physical condition. Boris Karpichkov assured the British tabloid ‘The Sun’ that Putin was “crazy” and “obsessed with paranoid ideas”. “He literally sees everyone, including those within the Russian security services and even within his inner circle, as a traitor,” he pointed out.
Putin may be keeping those closest to him unaware of his health difficulties to maintain his strongman image, Karpichkov explained. “He is so suspicious and so obsessed with his paranoid ideas that he can now be compared to the tyrant Stalin,” he added. The last years of the Soviet dictator were marked by moments of paranoia and mistrust – he even arrested one of his doctors after he suggested that Stalin should retire from political life to try to improve his health.
In 1952, the Kremlin was arresting and torturing doctors for alleged plots to kill high-profile politicians, which resulted in the flight of most of the country’s health professionals. Putin, too, began interrogating doctors, an echo of Stalin’s later years. In February, Russian authorities questioned Professor Valery Solovey for seven hours about regular allegations about Putin’s alleged medical and mental condition. He was also linked to the Telegram channel ‘General SVR’, which reported last Saturday that Putin may be forced to give up control of the war in Ukraine for a few days as he must undergo cancer surgery.
Source: With agencies