The Russian President has thrown a “significant number” of his spies out of security service and placed an intelligence chief in prison over the failed invasion of Ukraine.
There is intense panic in the Kremlin as Vladimir Putin is failing to convince Russian citizens that his “special operation” in Ukraine will be a success.
Read more on Russia-Ukraine war:
Ex-MI6 spy chief says the war will end with Putin being ‘assassinated’ as ‘he has no incentive to stop fighting’
Former Russian spy admits the war has failed and warns Putin he will be forced to resign if he fails to take Ukraine
The possibility of Putin being ‘assassinated is increasing’ and it could be done by a ‘member of his family’
Spy chiefs warn Putin they ‘don’t want to go back to the Soviet Union’ as ‘this war is a catastrophe for humanity’
Putin is furious that the Federal Security Bureau formerly known as the KGB have provided insufficient intelligence in the build up to the invasion.
Christo Grozev who is an investigator and uncovered information over the Russian FSB for Bellingcat and was key to unmasking Putin’s agents in the Salisbury Novichok attack, said there has been many of intelligence agents thrown out of the FSB.
According to The Times, Grozev told Russian language Youtube channel Popular Politics, “I can say that although a significant number of them have not been arrested they will no longer work for the FSB.”
Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist said that he believes Putin suspects the spy chief has committed treason be providing intelligence to Western spy agencies.
Colonel General Sergei Beseda, head of the Fifth Service of the FSB was thrown in to Lefortovo prison.
Writing in the Moscow Times, he said, “The most likely explanation is that Beseda’s Fifth Service was also still in charge of maintaining official contacts with the CIA.
“Many people in Moscow and the Kremlin have been asking themselves why US intelligence before the war was so accurate.
“This might have added more to the already existing climate of paranoia.
“And when Putin gets paranoid, he starts looking for traitors in the places and institutions which are known to have official contacts with American intelligence.”