Vladimir Putin health fears grow as despot scraps big state of the nation speech

Vladimir Putin has pulled out of his annual state of the nation address, sparking concern his health is declining.

A spokesperson for the warmonger confirmed, after much speculation, that the speech wouldn't be taking place as planned and would be postponed until at least the New Year.

Putin's pal Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the dictator would not deliver the annual speech, due to take place today (Wednesday, December 21).

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This is the latest in a series of cancellations by the Russian despot, who also decided not to go ahead with his annual end-of-year press conference and long-anticipated yearly hockey game, which he established in 2011 and has been a regular attendee at ever since.

Peskov said Putin, 70, had pulled out of the events because he didn't have time to attend – but others are skeptical, and think the cancellations could signal something more serious.

Some believe Putin could be suffering a blow to his health and isn't well enough to attend the state events.

Putin's health has been under scrutiny for some time, with suggestions claiming he may be suffering from cancer or Parkinson's disease – but neither theory has so far been confirmed.

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The dictator has been seen repeatedly suffering symptoms including tremors and purple hands, causing concern for his well-being.

There was even speculation he underwent minor surgery earlier this month after he allegedly fell down the stairs at his official residence in Moscow and soiled himself.

Meanwhile other critics think the Russian despot is trying to stay out of the public eye as much as possible to avoid having to defend his decision to continue with the war in Ukraine.

This comes following reports he could face an internal uprising, and even be killed, if the invasion continues to go badly – meaning Putin is "fighting for his life".

The Daily Star reported last week that Putin's cronies are reportedly plotting a coup against him, according to new reports.

Sources claim that Kremlin leader Yevgeny Progozhin could possibly start a coup against the dictator in the near future.

Christo Grozev, the chief Russia investigator for the Bellingcat investigative journalism organisation, said describing the situation: "This pressure cooker has to explode in one direction or another.

"Either it will be a bloody revolution or something else."

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