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Putin To Have Cancer Surgery, Hand Off Temporary Power To Former Intelligence Leader: Reports

Dillon Burroughs

Russian President Vladimir Putin will reportedly undergo a medical operation for cancer, forcing him to temporarily hand over power to a former Federal Security Service (FSB) intelligence chief.

The FSB is considered the modern-day KGB, which was the primary foreign intelligence and domestic security agency of the former Soviet Union.

Nikolai Patrushev, the current Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, will receive temporary control from Putin during his upcoming operation, according to a video posted Saturday on the General SVR Telegram channel, a Russian outlet that claimed to interview a former Kremlin military leader. The New York Post described the source as “mysterious.”

“Putin is unlikely to agree to hand over power for a longer period of time,” the video stated.

“I will say that this is the worst option. Patrushev is an outright villain. He is no better than Vladimir Putin. Moreover, he is a more cunning, and I would say, more insidious person than Vladimir Putin. If he comes to power, Russians’ problems will only multiply,” it added.

Putin’s health condition has been the focus of much speculation recently as videos have shown shaking movements some have suggested could be a sign of Parkinson’s Disease.

Unsettling video shows Putin’s hand shaking uncontrollably

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While details are sparse, the video hosted on the Telegram account suggested abdominal cancer.

At a church service in Moscow last month, Putin appeared to be unsteady and fidgety, at times biting his lips and making awkward faces.

“Fresh theories surrounding Vladimir Putin’s health are circulating after a recent appearance by the Russian president showed him biting his lips, fidgeting and appearing unsteady,” Sky News reported. “Mr Putin’s appearance at a church service has now sparked rumours that he is unwell after he seemed unable to stand still during the service.”

Putin’s appearance followed another recent episode when the 69-year-old appeared bloated as he firmly gripped a table during a Kremlin meeting with his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, The Daily Wire reported. Both men appeared to be in poor health, with Shoigu slurring his words following a stroke he suffered earlier this year.

Putin is also reportedly delaying surgery until after May 9.

“He has reportedly delayed surgery, which will now not take place before the Victory Day commemoration of Russia’s World War Two victory in Red Square on May 9,” the Daily Mail reported.

“The news comes amid speculation Putin will launch an all-out war across Ukraine and order mass mobilisation of military-age men, a considerable political risk,” the report added.

Explosions in an area of Moldova last week have led to new concerns that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could extend to the nearby former Soviet republic.

“On Monday, explosions rocked the headquarters of Transnistria’s state security ministry in Tiraspol. These were followed by more blasts on Tuesday at a broadcasting facility when two radio masts near the border with Ukraine were knocked out of service, NBC News reported on Friday.

“The region’s authorities also reported an attack on a military unit, but did not say when it took place. On Wednesday, they said shots were fired toward a village that houses a large ammunition depot,” the report added.

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Price of diesel hits all-time high, straining the trucking industry

Paul Best

The price of diesel hit an all-time high in the United States this week as energy markets around the world cope with ongoing disruptions amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The average price of a gallon of diesel was $5.296 on Sunday, up about 4.3% from one week ago and nearly twice as much as one year ago. 

Gas prices are also elevated, standing at $4.187 a gallon on Sunday, down slightly from the all-time high of $4.331 on March 11, according to AAA. 


Although gasoline prices have dropped recently, the price of diesel fuel is still high, as the sign at this Flying J Truck Stop advertises in Pearl, Miss., Wednesday, April 20, 2022.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis / AP Newsroom)

While average Americans are feeling the pain at the pump with high gas prices, the trucking industry has been hit hard by the diesel surge. 

“The prices are skyrocketing, and we still don’t get good prices for the loads,” Michal Agboire, who works for Maitland Trucking, told WNCN. “If it goes any higher than this, and the price of the load not coming up, then maybe we just call it quits.” 


The high cost of diesel is being partially passed on to consumers for everything from electronics to groceries. 

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Gas prices are displayed at a gas station in Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. hit a record $4.17 on Tuesday as the country prepares to ban Russian oil imports. (AP Photo/Ashley Landi (AP Photo/Ashley Landis / AP Newsroom)

“To cover the increased cost of diesel, truckers must increase the rates charged to haul freight. These increased rates are then passed on to consumers via higher costs at the retail level,” Ron Faulkner, the president of Faulkner Trucking and 2022 president of the California Trucking Association, wrote in an op-ed at the Sacramento Bee this week. 

“So, you are paying for high prices of fuel both at the pump and at the grocery checkout line.” 

Overall inflation hit a four-decade high in March, as the consumer price index, which measures a broad basket of goods, jumped 8.5% over March 2021.

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