- Social media rumors about Putin’s passing are untrue, according to Ukrainian intelligence.
- They are being used by the Kremlin to measure Russian reactions, according to intelligence spokeswoman Andriy Yusov.
Ukraine Intel: Russian officials may take action against anyone who celebrates the alleged death of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Ukrainian intelligence, which has been closely monitoring how the public has reacted to false stories about his passing.
Andrii Yusov, who represents Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence, addressed the recent reports from last week stating that Putin had passed away due to a heart attack and that his close aides were considering hiring a body duplicate to take his place. Newsweek has emailed the Kremlin in an attempt to get a response.
The story gained popularity after General SVR, a Russian gossip channel that claimed to have access to classified information from the Kremlin, posted it on Telegram. The station stated that Vladimir Putin had passed away on October 26 at his house in Valdai, Russia, perhaps paving the way for his removal as president of Russia.
Medical staff were “trapped in the same room as Putin’s lifeless body,” according to the post, which is evocative of the 2017 film “The Death of Stalin,” which satirically depicts the confusion inside the former Soviet leader’s close circle following his death in 1953.
According to the Russian investigative website Agentstvo, Russian internet users started searching for terms like “Putin’s death,” “Putin dying,” and “Putin died” as widespread online claims of his alleged death spread. These searches were conducted after widespread online news of his reported death spread. After some time had passed, Vladimir Putin made an appearance in public to reaffirm that he is alive and in good health. The charges have been dismissed as false by Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin.
Andrii Yusov revealed on the talk show Ukrainska Pravda that Russian intelligence services had effectively taken pictures of every public response to web reports, including comments and likes.
“Soon, someone will probably come for some of those who put smiley-face emojis under messages about Putin’s death,” Yusov said in the interview on Friday.
“We must understand that this is a Russian story, a Russian campaign,” Yusov added. He was reiterating a point he had made on the same show two days earlier that the rumors of Putin’s death had been disseminated by Russian propagandists to test the reactions of ordinary citizens.
General SVR has detailed the arrangements made following the purported death of Putin in his daily reports. Moreover, he disclosed on Friday that Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Russia’s Security Council, was coordinating a work schedule with the president’s effigy.
“A memorial service for the deceased Vladimir Putin is scheduled for tomorrow,” General SVR wrote on Friday. “The former inner circle will gather. A sumptuous dinner has been ordered.”
Even though the Kremlin insists that Russian President Vladimir Putin is in good physical health, there have been persistent allegations regarding his poor health ever since the Russian president began his full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This is the case despite the Kremlin’s assurance that Putin is in good physical condition.
The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) secretary for Ukraine, Oleksii Danilov, hypothesized that the reports of Putin’s death were a calculated ploy as he prepared for the 2024 presidential campaign.
Danilov said that Putin’s downfall would not be enough to bring about change in Russia in an interview with the Ukrainian magazine Focus. “If anyone thinks that [Putin’s death] will make everything right, we beg to differ,” he stressed. Cruelty is endemic throughout the area that is known as modern-day Russia.”
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