Putin will be ‘bumped off by his own men’ like Julius Caesar says Uri Geller

Uri Geller has warned Vladimir Putin to beware the Ides of March in case he is bumped off by his own men like his lookalike Julius Caesar.

On March 15 44BC the Roman emperor was stabbed to death in a plot involving 60 senators fearing he had become a tyrannical dictator.

Spoon-bender Uri, 75, spotted how the modern-day Russian president – who intelligence sources believe could be suffering from a brain disorder – closely resembles ancient images of Caesar.

He tweeted: "Friends – these 5 images show accurate depictions of the Roman ruler Julius Caesar. Do they remind you of anyone?

"Tomorrow is March 15th – the date the Romans called the Ides of March. This was the date when Caesar was assassinated by his own senators in 44 BC.

"In Shakespeare’s play about him, Julius Caesar was warning [sic] to 'Beware the Ides of March’. But perhaps Putin should also fear this date?’’

Uri is not the only one to draw the comparison.

Historian and author Nigel Jones said though speculation about Putin’s assassination may seem presumptive’ such acts had happened before.

"History is replete with examples of successful assassinations carried out by the intimates of dictatorial rulers,’’ he told the Spectator magazine.

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"Julius Caesar was, of course, killed by members of the Roman Senate, numerous Roman emperors like Caligula were murdered by their Praetorian guards, and at least one – Claudius – was probably poisoned by his own wife Agrippina.

"In modern times King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was killed in 1975 by his own nephew, while India’s prime minister Mrs Indira Gandhi was gunned down in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards, outraged by her attack on their holy Golden Temple in Amritsar.

"When all decision making has been concentrated in the hands of a single all-powerful ruler, as with Putin, only the physical removal of the tyrant can end the tyranny and lift the danger that he is posing.’’

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He said the killing of political leaders from Julius Caesar to the present day has been a far more common way of giving history a helpful nudge than elections or abstract social and economic developments’.

But he added: "Perhaps we should be careful what we wish for.

"Lenin’s untimely death paved the way for the rise to the supreme power of Putin’s role model Joseph Stalin.’’

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