UKRAINIAN’S spy chief has claimed the “real” Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public for over a year, adding fire to rumours that the leader uses one or more doppelgangers in his place.
Major-General Kyrylo Budanov – who is in charge of drone strikes and undercover ops against Russia – said he’s unsure if the mad leader is still living.
General Kyrylo Budanov has revealed he is unsure if Putin is still aliveCredit: Getty
Many have wondered if the iron fist leader has resorted to body doublesCredit: East2West
Variations of his jawline have also been noted by manyCredit: East2West
In an interview with Anzhelika Rudenko of Radio Svoboda, the spy chief said: “The one who everyone used to know, was last seen around June 26, 2022.”
Rudenko then asked: “So he is either not alive, or else he is in a really bad health state?”
Budanov replied: “Or he doesn’t want to appear. There might be so many different reasons.”
Putin glanced at his left wrist and looked baffled after realising his timepiece was not there.
But the warlord has always infamously worn his watches on his right wrist – leaving many questioning why he would be unsure of its place.
Later in the meeting, the Kremlin leader was seen taking off his watch – believed to be a £12,500 Russian-made Raketa – and fidgeting with it in his hands.
Budanov was asked by Rudenko: “Is this a real Putin?”
Budanov replied: “Let’s leave it to everyone to decide, so everyone leaves it to their own fantasy.”
The Radio Svoboda presenter mentioned she thought it was a body double posing for Putin, to which Budanov agreed.
When asked directly if Putin was alive or not, the intelligence chief coolly responded: “I don’t know what to answer you.”
Putin is known to be highly paranoid about his security, a fear which has only increased since he sent Russian forces into Ukraine.
Telegram channel General SVR has long claimed that a sickly Putin now permanently uses a doppelgangers and lookalike actors who have undergone plastic surgery for his public appearances.
In March, a clip of Putin’s visit to Mariupol prompted sceptics to put a magnifier on his facial features.
The video points out a number of inconsistencies in the tyrant‘s appearance during various different publicity stunts.
It states: “Specialists long ago noticed the differences between the Russian president’s body doubles.
“A ledge on Putin’s earlobe constantly changes. As does a small mole on his face.
“One of the Putins has straight wrinkles on his face, the other has small and interrupted [wrinkles].
Rumours are rife that he now relies heavily on his “understudies” to stand in for him as he struggles to disguise his ailing health.
Bombshell spy documents leaked to The Sun appeared to confirm he has pancreatic cancer and early-stage Parkinson’s disease.
It has also been alleged that Putin enlisted several lookalikes to go under the knife for plastic surgery to ensure they closely resemble him.
A recent instance where he seemed to look at the wrong wrist has added fuel to the fireCredit: East2West
He glanced first at his left wrist, rather than his rightCredit: East2West
Minute differences have been pointed outCredit: East2West