Who will take Putin's place: the Kremlin is preparing for change - BI

09:45 30 July Kyiv, Ukraine

In Russia, against the background of growing information about the deteriorating health of the Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, the discussion of candidates for the role of successor has noticeably revived, writes the American edition of Business Insider.

Evidence that Kremlin insiders are beginning to discuss options for who to become the next president of the Russian Federation appeared a few weeks ago, writes BI.

This week, former head of British intelligence, Sir Richard Dearlove, said on his podcast that he was almost convinced that Putin's successor would be Nikolai Patrushev, former head of the Russian FSB, Secretary of the Russian Security Council.

Diarlav previously suggested that Putin would leave the presidency before 2023, perhaps even being hospitalized for a long time to get rid of the need for an outright coup.. The former British intelligence officer believes that one of the security forces will take Putin's place, and Patrushev is ideally suited for this role.

Earlier, CIA director William Burns commented on rumors about Putin's illness.. According to him, he is quite healthy.. Recall that in May the weekly Newsweek, citing a US intelligence report, reported that the President of the Russian Federation had undergone a course of treatment for a progressive form of cancer.