Putins successor makes chilling nuclear threat after Vlad death rumours

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    Vladimir Putin's possible successor has boasted about Russia's nuclear arsenal in what appears to be a thinly-veiled threat to the West.

    Secretary of Russia's Security Council and close pal of the warmonger, Nikolai Patrushev, has long been touted as a potential future President with some sources claiming he is preparing to take over when Putin retires or dies. The ex-KGB agent has now claimed his country's nuclear capabilities are better than all other countries in terms of proficiency for the first time.

    The comments were made at the Znanie (Knowledge) education exposition in Moscow. According to the state-owned RT TV channel, he said: "For the first time in the history of the existence of nuclear missile weapons, our country is ahead of its competitors in this [nuclear] domain."

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    He also reportedly commented on his nation's "unique strategic weapons, including hypersonic ones," and said the missiles "will guarantee Russia's security for many decades." Patrushev, former director of the Federal Security Service, is a firm supporter of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has been raging on since February 2022.

    The show of force comes following speculation over who might take over from Putin should the dictator pop his clogs. Reports over the last few months have suggested the tyrant's health is at an all-time low as he battles cancer, Parkinson's disease or both.

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    Some sources have outlandishly alleged Putin is already dead and a body double is being used to continue the regime with Patrushev secretly pulling the strings, the Daily Star previously reported. The unsubstantiated claims suggest the 71-year-old passed away from a heart attack at his Valdai residence.

    However, the Kremlin recently broke its silence to deny the reports. Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed the shocking claims were an "absurd information canard."

    "This belongs to the category of absurd information hoaxes that a whole series of media discuss with enviable tenacity – this evokes nothing but a smile," he said.

    Despite Patrushev allegedly being lined up for the role once Putin is gone, the Russian constitution states Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin should be the one to temporarily take the reigns once that fateful day arrives.

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