Former MI6 Chief Sir Richard Dearlove Says He Expects Putin Will be Out of Power ‘by 2023’ and ‘Probably in a Sanatorium’

RussiaN President Vladimir Putin attends an event at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, July 23, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

The former head of British intelligence predicted Russian President Vladimir Putin will be out of power by next year and in a medical facility for long-term illness.

Sir Richard Dearlove was head of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, from 1999 to 2004. He made the predictions about Putin on Wednesday during an episode of the podcast¬†One Decision, which he co-hosts.

“I’m really going to stick my neck out. I think he’ll be gone by 2023. But probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia,” he said, adding that the sanatorium would be a way to move Putin out of power without a coup.

Dearlove’s prediction is in step with other recent reports suggesting Putin is ill and could soon lose power.

Bellingcat’s Christo Grozev, an expert on Russian security, said last week top Kremlin security officials¬†believe the war in Ukraine is “lost” and that Putin is losing his grip on power.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Kelsey Vlamis