As the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is prepared to undergo cancer treatment soon, he plans to hand over his duties to Nikolai Patrushev- the former KGB chief and he will be in charge of the head of the Russian federal police’s Security Council, The Tribune reported. The action which has been taken by Putin was keenly observed by country officials and many think that his decision is based on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The report from Money Control states that the claim was first floated by a Telegram channel “General SVR on April 30. As per report, it is said that Putin believes the ex-KGB chief will be the perfect choice to lead the invasion of Ukraine.
Who is Nikolai Patrushev?
Nikolai Patrushev is considered to be a close confidante of Putin’s. He is the Security Council’s hardline leader and a former KGB counterintelligence officer. Patrushev hails from a strong military background. The son of a Soviet Navy officer who was also a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Patrushev is said to have been deeply affected by Russia’s imperial past during the Soviet era.
Nikolai Patrushev is a security officer and intelligence officer who has served as the secretary of the Security Council of Russia since 2008. He previously served as the director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) from 1999 to 2008.
However, there are questions over the Russian President’s health that have been raised in recent weeks, especially after he was seen tightly gripping a desk during his meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last month. As of now no official confirmations released about the same.