Speculation has been high over the state of the
Russian President’s health with rumours swirling in recent months. And now an MI6 source has claimed that it is even possible Putin could already be dead.
The insider said that if the Russian leader died his loyal inner circle of cronies would cover it up for as long as possible to cling on to power. The source added that body doubles could be used for public appearances to keep up the ruse. The intelligence insider told the Star on Sunday: “Putin is very ill and when he dies his death will be kept secret for weeks, if not months. “There is also the possibility that he is already dead.”It is believed that Putin has employed body doubles in the past when he has been unwell and the Kremlin could be doing so now. “Putin is the head of a small group of senior officials who are completely loyal to him. “The real fear [for them] is that once his death is announced there could be a Kremlin coup and Russian generals will want to withdraw from Ukraine.