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Ex-CIA Moscow chief claims Putin will be ‘overthrown by three rivals’ in a coup with a  ‘f***ing hammer to the head and he’s dead’

26th Jun 22 11:29 am

A former CIA Moscow chief has claimed that Russia Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu could be central to overthrow Vladimir Putin along with other “rivals.”

The CIA insider believes that a secret mutinous plot to oust Putin is well underway and his cronies are already lurking waiting for the war in Ukraine to fail.

Putin’s ally Shoigu would be central to overthrow the Russian President as he is Russia’s Defence Minister, Daniel Hoffman said.

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The coup would be done in secret in order that Putin does not find out who is behind the coup and has them killed first.

The former CIA Moscow station chief told The Daily Beast, “Nobody’s gonna ask, ‘Hey Vladimir, would you like to leave?’

“No. It’s a f***ing hammer to the head and he’s dead. Or it’s time to go to the sanatorium.

“They schwack him for it. That’s what they’ll do.”

There are three main Kremlin heads who could take Vlads place, Nikolai Patrushev, the chief of Putin’s Security Council, is top of the list, the Defence Mninister is likely the most probable.

Then there is Alexander Bortnikov, the director of Russia’s secretive intelligence agency FSB.

Ronald Marks, another ex-CIA spy, warned there could be a huge power struggle in Russia which would cause chaos in Moscow.

“It wouldn’t go to hell right away.

“We’re not talking about tanks in the street right away.

“What you’re probably going to see though is among the guys around him, there will be a struggle to take that job,” he told the Daily Beast.

However, a military expert has said that Putin’s authority is “slowly eroding” but it is unlikely a “coup” will take place as the Russians do not have the “political courage.”

Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies King’s College London wrote, “It is now widely assumed in the West that he will not back down in the war with Ukraine and, if things go badly, he will lash out.

“Such a man must not be provoked. Yet the image is starting to fray at the edges. Behind all the braggadocio his power is slowly eroding.

“The symptoms of this are to be found not in a readiness to compromise on the war, which remains absent, but instead in a policy paralysis, pressing on with his established strategy because he can think of nothing better to do.”

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