Top ranking Kremlin chiefs are said to be plotting a new government and are discussing who will replace Vladimir Putin as he will not be running Russia in the foreseeable future.
Kremlin sources have said that there are “almost no Russian elites who are satisfied with Putin” and government officials and businessmen are angry and devastated by Western sanctions.
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The source said, “Businessmen and many members of the government are unhappy that the president started the war without thinking about the scale of the sanctions – it is impossible to live with such sanctions.
This sentiment was corroborated by two other government insiders as a Kremlin source told the Russian-Latvian outlet Meduza that “there are almost no people who are satisfied with Putin” among senior officials and Russian elites.
Meduza’s interlocutor close to the government explained, “The problems [in Russia due to the war] are already visible, and by midsummer they will come from different directions: transport, medicine, even agriculture.
“No one simply thought of such a scale.”
Meduza has said that high ranking officials in the FSB and GRU are now against Putin as they believe he has made a mess of the war in Ukraine and are wanting to take control the “special operation.”
The FSB and GRU security services are also referred to as “hawks” and the source told Meduza that “The hawks are not satisfied with the pace of the ‘special operation.’ They think they can act more decisively.”
Major General Kyrylo Budanov, who it the head of the main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence told Ukrainskaya Pravda, that Putin is so afraid of an assassination attempt he has cut himself off from any close contact with his subordinates.
He added, “Looking at some of his manic syndromes, he is afraid to seriously prepare a successor, realising that in preparation, this successor may want to take the chair a little earlier than Putin himself wants.
“Therefore, he keeps everyone at a certain distance. And he believes that he will rule forever. But it will not be so.
“Look at the history of any dictator of the 20th and 21st centuries.
“They all ended the same. In most cases, they died against their will.”