VLADIMIR Putin’s mental health is “bad” and threat he could launch nuclear weapons is “very real”, an oligarch close to the tyrant has revealed.

The billionaire has told associates that “stories about him going bonkers are not a joke” amid fears the Russian leader could declare all-out war on Ukraine.


The 69-year-old Putin will attend a huge parade to commemorate victory over Nazi Germany in WWII and he could use the event to order a mass mobilisation.

The Russian tyrant’s health has been source of considerable speculation amid reports that he is battling both abdominal cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.

A source said that the oligarch and insiders “told me that big business closely affiliated to power are sitting as quiet as mice because the emperor’s madness is real, and the nuclear strike’s threat is very real, too”.

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“They told me that Putin’s psychiatric health is bad indeed, and stories about him going bonkers are not a joke,” said the source.

“There is some really serious trauma there, with everyone scared of its consequences.”

The oligarch is a well-known name in Russia, and he has known the Russian leader closely for many decades.

Other reports suggest Putin is suffering the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, and grips a desk to avoid involuntary shaking. 

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It comes as a Russia expert Christo Grozev, revealed that Putin is no longer trusted by billionaires hitherto close to him, who believe he is suffering from cancer. 

Grozev, who works for respected UK-based investigators Bellingcat, told Ukraine’s TV-24 that those close to Putin “including oligarchs” and “throughout the elit’s” believe he has cancer.

“People next to him believe he has such a disease. It becomes a factor in Russian inner politics.

“Because people do not believe Putin any more, do not believe he can be their guarantor.”

Other reports suggest Putin is suffering the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, and grips a desk to avoid involuntary shaking. 

Another Kremlin insider has reportedly claimed Putin is set to undergo an operation for cancer and will hand over power to his hardline spy chief Nikolai Patrushev.

Shadowy Patrushev, 70, is seen as a key architect of the Ukraine war strategy and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv was awash with neo-Nazis. 

The claim was reported on Russian media outlet General SVR, which first raised issues of Putin’s health around 18-months ago.

They quote an anonymous former high-ranking Kremlin military figure as saying: “Putin has discussed that he will be undergoing medical procedures.”

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In video in which the source, whose voice appears to have been disguised, reveals that “doctors insist that he needs an operation, but the date has not yet been determined”.

“He will have surgery and while he is incapacitated,” he says, adding that he “thinks it'll be for a short time”.

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