Katerina Tikhonova is the daughter of Putin and his ex-wife, the former first lady (Pictures: East2West News)

Vladimir Putin is considering parachuting his daughter to a position in parliament so she has the power after he dies, it has been claimed.

The Russian leader has long been dogged with rumours of being seriously sick, with some saying he has had to use deep-fake technology to stage his appearances while undergoing medical treatment.

Combined with the war on-going in Ukraine, Kremlin officials are reportedly anxious about how the status quo will be maintained after Putin dies.

There is now a ‘clear demand’ from Russian elites to ‘understand their future without Putin’.

Putin’s 35-year-old daughter Katerina Tikhonova may be their answer, Telegram channel General SVR has reported.

The channel is run by someone who claims to be an exiled Kremlin lieutenant-general, who uses the alias Viktor Mikhailovich.

He said: ‘The candidacy of the daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin Katerina Tikhonova for the post of head of the United Russia party is again being actively discussed.

‘And I must say that recently, without exception, all interested persons in Putin’s entourage support this idea.’

Katerina Tikhonova is currently deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University (Picture: Vesti Rossiya)

The idea is to make agriculture minister Dmitry Patrushev (pictured) president and have Tikhonova act as ‘puppet master’ (Picture: East2West News)

The plan would be to make the current agriculture minister Dmitry Patrushev, 44, president with Tikhonova ‘acting as a puppet master’ from parliament.

Mr Mikhailovich wrote: ‘In the understanding of a narrow circle of people who have access to the presidential ear, Katerina Tikhonova is the only person who can act as a guarantor of the stability of the existence of the Putin regime, without being a direct successor.’

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Tikhonova was born to Putin and his first wife Lyudmila while the Russian leader was still a KGB spy in Germany.

She is believed to be the deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University.

She is currently in a relationship with Russian ballet icon Igor Zelensky, 52. He used to head the Bavarian State Ballet but was made to step down after he refused to condemn the war in Ukraine.

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It comes after Russian MP Vladimir Shamanov said the war in Ukraine could last for a whole decade.

The ex-military man, dubbed the Butcher of Chechnya for his role in supressing the region in the late 1990s, said: ‘(The length of the war ) is the most difficult question to predict right now.

‘There will be a very long period of time where only we will be present because we have to fully demilitarise Ukraine, which is a difficult issue that will take five to ten years. Second is deNazification, which will go in parallel.

‘The formation of a government that has not gotten itself dirty with these neo-Nazis, and that will be difficult to do.’

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