The Daily Mail 11 Nov. 2016
• Vladimir Putin to step down early, suggests Kremlin-friendly website
• Story hinted at health problems and concerns about relations with West
• Speculation came from renowned Russian historian and political analyst
• Valery Solovey is a dean at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs
• Dmitry Medvedev and Alexei Dyumin tipped as possible replacements
• Headlined Thunderstorm 2017, report was deleted in three hours
• 50,000 people had already read the story before it was taken down
• Solovey insisted on social media that truth would emerge by December
• Kremlin refused to comment on the bombshell claims
Vladimir Putin is considering quitting as Russian President, a Kremlin expert has claimed.
The 64-year-old may stand down due to ‘certain circumstances’ that mean he will need to be out of the spotlight next year, it is suggested.
Russian political analyst Valery Solovey hinted that Putin, who welcomed the election of Donald Trump as US President, may be forced to step aside due to illness.
Mr Solovey, professor at Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs, said the president might need to ‘avoid publicity in 2017 for several months or will appear very rarely’.
Let me stress once again: this information is not absolutely reliable. Still, it should be considered.’
The explosive story appeared on major Kremlin-friendly news website Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK) and was then deleted within hours.
However, Mr Solovey insisted on social media that all he had said was true.
‘Before the end of the year, the respected audience will get confirmation of everything mentioned in the much talked-about interview.’
The report hinted at health problems but also said that the strongman could stand aside to allow a successor to take charge who had better relations with the West.
Remark: The successor would not be old man Mikhail Gorbachev, who enjoys great prestige in the West? (Revelation 13 and 17 – 8, First Party Secretary of the Scarlet Soviet Union and politically reborn Lenin, after No. 7, Tshernenko, who reigned only 10 months. Gorby ruled over 7 Warsaw Pact countries). No! He is too old.