– Magnificence is one of the known side effects of the treatment he (Putin) used – said the head of the Russian team of the Danish military intelligence FE Joachim in an interview with the Copenhagen daily “Berlingske”.
For security reasons, the newspaper did not publish the officer’s name or his photograph.
“At the beginning of the year (2022), Putin also had a moon-shaped face, another known side effect of the same type of hormone therapy,” noted Joachim.
Vladimir Putin’s illness
“Berlingske” recalled that in the spring of 2022, based on conversations with doctors who had cared for Putin over the years, the Russian intelligence team recommended the project. The Russian dictator may have had thyroid cancer. “It’s certainly possible,” Joachim said.
However, FE does not expect Putin to die of the disease, but “in time, his health will lead to the recognition that a strong man is needed to lead the Russian elite.” “We have the overwhelming impression that some elites see Russia as going in the wrong direction,” Joachim noted.
Joachim directly blames the Russian president for mistakes in the war against Ukraine.
In Ukraine, a Danish intelligence official believes, “It was not bad intelligence, but Putin’s ideological beliefs that convinced Russian soldiers that they would be greeted with flowers.” According to FE, Russia’s leader is “intervening in the war at a very low military level”. – Before Christmas, he met with the entire command staff of the war in Ukraine. This is the worst idea in the world. Putin has a general running this war from whom he needs to get information, Joachim insisted.
Denmark’s military intelligence, after analyzing photos and videos showing Putin holding the items, believes Instead, the Russian leader struggles with chronic pain after multiple falls and accidents. Berlingske recalls that the media previously reported that Putin fell from a horse in 2000 and sustained injuries while practicing judo and playing ice hockey. “It’s chronic pain, and he’s been suffering for a long time, so he sits down and takes things hard.” This should ease the pain, Joachim pointed out.
Elections in Russia in 2024
Denmark’s military intelligence said in its 2021 annual report Putin will continue as head of state after Russia’s 2024 presidential election. However, in a subsequent report from 2022, a less certain forecast was made, stressing that Putin would “probably” remain in power for another five years.
“We don’t see anyone trying to topple him. But if we take care of it, the FSB services will also find out about it, and it will be solved very quickly,” said Joachim.
According to him, “None of the Russian elites are strong enough because their power comes from Putin.” Similarly In relation to “The Current Situation of Russian Society”. It is unlikely to arise.
Joachim does not believe that a major Russian attack on Kyiv will begin in February. – Russian soldiers mobilized for such operations cannot be trained in such a short time. We expect smaller attacks like Pakmuth to happen,” the official added.
According to the correspondent of “Berlingske”, Ukraine has the opportunity to regain most of the territories currently occupied by Russian troops. It depends in part on how many weapons the West provides the Ukrainians, and the winter will weaken Russian morale.
According to Joachim, the biggest unknown is what will happen when the Ukrainians start attacking Russia’s core strategic interests. – Putin does not have a specific red line, so it cannot be accurately predicted And when it uses nuclear weapons The FE officer noted.
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