A Russian intelligence source said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has only three years to live.

According to Independent, many unconfirmed reports allege that the 69-year-old has cancer and that his health is deteriorating quickly. Russia is denying all claims about Putin's health, but this hasn't stopped persistent rumors, with Putin looking uncomfortable in recent public appearances, reported MARCA.

Now, a Federal Security Service (FSB) officer has said the Russian president “has a severe form of rapidly progressing cancer.” He added that Putin has "no more than two to three years to stay alive.” The disease means he is also losing his sight, said the source, according to Mirror. He said that they are told Putin is having headaches and "when he appears on TV he needs pieces of paper with everything written in huge letters to read what he is going to say." The source shared that the letters are so big "each page can only hold a couple of sentences," and his "eyesight is seriously worsening." The source added that the Russian leader's "limbs are now also shaking uncontrollably.”

Putin recently met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and was seen in a video awkwardly twisting his feet during the meeting. Prior to the meeting, he was also spotted making odd movements on TV.

Ukrainian spymaster Kyrylo Budanov claimed that Putin "has several serious illnesses, one of which is cancer.”

The Russian leader's terminal prognosis emerged in a secret message from a Russian spy to FSB defector Boris Karpichkov. The spy told him that Putin is terrifying staff with abrupt mood changes, and has to squint at even the huge lettering he is given. The message also said that Putin "won’t wear glasses to help because that would be a sign of weakness."

Kremlin sources were cited in reports that claimed that the President underwent successful cancer surgery earlier this month.

Former British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) Russia desk officer Christopher Steele said that Putin cannot hold meetings without taking breaks for treatment. He shared that Putin is "constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors." He added that the Kremlin is a "bit like a shark pool," and that they all "swim round and if they smell blood in the water they start fighting.”

Vladimir Putin Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an economic forum of former Soviet countries held in Bishkek, via a video link in Moscow on May 26, 2022. Photo by Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images