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Vladimir Putin's officials have been forced to deny anything is amiss with their leader after a motorcade was filmed racing to the Kremlin in the dead of night.
In footage shared to Russian social media, a group of emergency vehicles can be seen charging toward the Russian government's headquarters at 11pm on June 25.
Accompanying the clip, the caption read: "Usually such night visits to something important. Especially against the background of topics discussed with Lukashenko."
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That the Kremlin required all hands on deck at that time of the evening has only worsened Putin's already beleaguered reputation with talks of a coup mounting.
However, the Russian government has denied that the motorcade was due to Putin preparing an emergency statement, telling Russian state news agency TASS: "No, that's not true."
The late-night procession also plays into speculation that Putin's health is worse than the Russian government says.
Recently a top Ukrainian intelligence official, suggest that Putin, who is rumoured to be suffering from cancer, does not have much time left.
Major General Kyrylo O. Budanov said that Putin is suffering from several "grave" illnesses and "doesn't have a long life ahead of him.”
Budanov claims to have a network of spies inside the Kremlin, providing him with information about Putin.
Based on this “human intelligence”, Budanov speculates that the Russian leader has perhaps two years left to live.
It comes as rumours of a secret plot to oust Putin grow, with one CIA insider reporting they could already be under way.
Ex-CIA Moscow station chief Daniel Hoffman made the claims, saying that Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister and apparent close Putin-ally, may be central to a mutiny to overthrow the ailing 69-year-old.
Any plot will be highly clandestine, so as to remove the possibility that Putin finds and kills the power hungry perpetrator.
“Nobody’s gonna ask, ‘Hey Vladimir, would you like to leave?’ No. It’s a f***ing hammer to the head and he’s dead. Or it’s time to go to the sanatorium,” Hoffman told The Daily Beast.
“They schwack him for it. That’s what they’ll do.”
Hoffman has said there are three key players to keep an eye on if Putin is to be replaced, with Nikolai Patrushev, the chief of Putin's Security Council, potentially top of the list.
Others include Alexander Bortnikov, the director of Russia's secretive intelligence agency FSB and Sergei Shoigu, considered by some as the most probable replacement.
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