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Ukranian Spy Chief Suggests That Putin Might Be Dead

 September 4, 2023

Ukrainian spy chief Major-General Kyrylo Budanov has trolled Russia by claiming that President Vladimir Putin might not only be dealing with health issues but might even be deceased.

According to Budanov, Putin may have been replaced by lookalikes for at least the past year, as the Daily Mail reported.

Budanov's Bold Claim 

During a discussion with Radio Svoboda's Anzhelika Rudenko, the spy chief said: "The Putin who everyone used to know was last seen around June 26, 2022."

Budanov pointed towards a peculiar incident in which Putin was recently seen mistakenly checking the time on the wrong wrist, only to find his watch on its usual arm.

This minor slip-up might seem insignificant, but it happened just a day before an incident involving Yevgeny Prigozhin, a notable figure in Russian circles whose plane crashed after a purported coup attempt against Putin.

When Budanov was prodded about the authenticity of Putin in that appearance, he offered a cryptic response, suggesting viewers trust their intuition. As for the Russian leader's health, Budanov previously mentioned to ABC News that Putin might be grappling with serious health challenges, possibly cancer.

Spotting The Differences

Last October, Budanov openly questioned if the Putin presented to the world was genuine. According to him, military intelligence has occasionally identified possible doubles standing in for Putin during special events.

Budanov said, "We know specifically about three people that keep appearing, but how many there are, we don't know. They all had plastic surgery to look alike."

He pointed to certain subtle but discernible differences between these individuals and the real Putin, such as differences in height, unique earlobe shapes, gestures, and body language.

Adding fuel to these speculations, a video that went viral earlier in the year questioned the authenticity of Putin's visit to Mariupol on March 19. It drew attention to subtle differences in the Russian leader's appearance, including the shape of his earlobes and facial wrinkles.

Moreover, Kyiv official Anton Gerashchenko raised questions about recent photos of Putin. Comparing different images of Putin's chin over a short period, inconsistencies in his facial structure were highlighted.

The veracity of Putin's trips to certain areas, including Sevastopol and Mariupol, has been doubted by the Telegram channel General SVR, which claims to have inside information.

Frequent Rumors Persist

Over the past months, numerous sources have hinted that Putin might be using doppelgängers for public appearances, especially during trips outside Moscow. This speculation was notably mentioned in relation to Putin's January visit to Ufa, Russia.

Furthermore, a video from September last year depicted Putin looking fatigued during a meeting, further raising questions about his health.

Budanov has been one of the vocal figures pointing out the inconsistencies in Putin's public appearances. He referred to Putin's ears as a distinct identifier, asserting that the shape of a person's ears is as unique as fingerprints.

Drawing attention to details like the leader's habits, movements, and even their height, Budanov has repeatedly sown doubt about the authenticity of Putin's public appearances.

A notable moment highlighted by Budanov was Putin's arrival at a summit in Iran in 2022. The Russian leader's agile movements and alert demeanor were in stark contrast to his usual appearance, leading to speculation about using a body double.