Vladimir Putin will only be ousted from office if his health condition deteriorates, according to sources close to the President.
News outlet Meduza reports frustration is rising not only among opponents of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but also among Putin’s allies.
It said, “dissatisfaction among senior officials amounts to little but idle conversations in private”.
Many are understood to be disappointed that “only a major health issue could drive the President from office”.
Putin’s health has been a topic surrounded by speculation since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
Some reports have drawn attention to footage which appears to show the leader swollen-faced, gripping onto the arms of chairs while in meetings and distractedly rocking his feet.