Putin 'body double' prompts incredible claim from Ukraine spy

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence reportedly claims Vladimir Putin is using at least three body doubles who’ve had plastic surgery to look like him amid ongoing rumours about the Russian president’s health.

Major General Kyrylo Budanov believes Russia has rolled out multiple doppelgangers to cover up the 70-year-old’s loss of control in the Kremlin, The Mail on Sunday reported.

He says stand-ins have been called up before on “special occasions” but it’s “usual practice” now.

“We know specifically about three people that keep appearing but how many there are, we don’t know,” the man dubbed as Moscow’s Public Enemy Number One said.

“They’ve all had plastic surgery to look alike.”

Russia President Vladimir Putin.
Major General Kyrylo Budanov says there are a few key differences between President Putin and his body doubles including their earlobes. Source: Mail on Sunday/Getty

Major General Budanov claims there are a few key details that highlight the ruse.

“The one thing that gives them away is their height,” he told the Mail.

“It’s visible in videos and pictures.

“Also gesturing, body language and earlobes, since they are unique for every person.”

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Major General Kyrylo Budanov with two others (left) and by himself (right).
The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, has been dubbed Russia's number one public enemy. Source: AAP

Does the real Putin still exist?

Major General Budanov questions “whether the real Putin still exists,” pointing to Russia’s “disastrous” invasion strategy.

“No matter how bad” Putin was in the past, he said, “he was not an idiot,” adding that Russia’s war “does not follow any logic.”

While he refused to be drawn on whether the president has disappeared due to ill health or a coup with the Kremlin, he went on to explain Russia is running out of guided missiles.

“Change is inevitable” in Moscow, he said, adding that a new political order in Russia is needed in the interests of the “whole civilised world.”

Putin’s potential failing health

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, there’s been continued talk that President Putin is suffering from cancer or Parkinson’s disease.

While some suggested he had been showing signs of obvious tremors in his legs and feet in recent months, others detected intravenous tracks in his skin.

In a video, released by Russia’s Ministry of Defence earlier this month, eagle eyes picked up suspicious marks on the back of the President’s hand.

Kyiv Post journalist Jason Jay Smart claims the Kremlin’s clips included one with “tons” of watermarks, “making the hand harder to see,” and another “without any shot of his hand".

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