Vladimir Putin is facing daily condemnation by many Kremlin and government officials including billionaire oligarchs who were once friends of the Russian dictator.
Kremlin officials have savaged Putin over his “clusterf*** invasion” of Ukraine with many calling the war a “mistake” which has caused a serious “political crisis in Russia” which will lead to the dictator’s demise.
Kremlin sources are also speaking out against Putin’s invasion into Ukraine as he blindsided Moscow as “no one expected a full scale war.”
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A Kremlin source close to the presidential administration said “everyone is f***ing stunned” over the war.
Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Oleg Deripaska broke ranks with the Kremlin and Putin who called for an end to the Ukrainian war.
Fridman said, “My parents are Ukrainian citizens and live in Lviv, my favourite city. But I have also spent much of my life as a citizen of Russia, building and growing businesses.
“I am deeply attached to Ukrainian and Russian peoples and see the current conflict as a tragedy for them both.
“This crisis will cost lives and damage two nations who have been brothers for hundreds of years. While a solution seems frighteningly far off, I can only join those whose fervent desire is for the bloodshed to end.”
Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of the Silverado policy Accelerator think tank, warned that Putin’s position is now under threat.
Alperovitch told Spectator TV last week that there is a “chance” of a “palace coup” but warned it remains a possibility.
Alperovitch said, “I think the chance of it is not likely, but it is no longer zero.
“If you’d asked me two or three weeks ago what is the likelihood that Putin will be ousted in a palace coup I would have said zero.
“Today it is no longer that.
“I think it is precisely because the sanctions have been so severe, and the diplomatic isolation which cannot be underestimated.
“This is rapidly turning Russia into a North Korea-style pariah state.
“So, when you look at the elites, people who have enriched themselves over decades, that have bought properties, yachts – they are also realising those sanctions won’t get removed while Putin is in power.
“It is not out of the realms of possibility, small chance, but not zero, that someone will say ‘we’ve had enough, it’s time to step aside.'”
Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of war studies at King’s College London, warned that Putin’s position will be hard to recover from.
“But I think there will be worries amongst the Russian elite about the total isolation of their country and the economic sanctions are more severe than anyone expected.
“I think the problems that Putin faces over the long term are quite serious – it would be foolish to predict that he will go tomorrow or in weeks, months or whatever.
“I just think his position is going to be hard to recover from this staggering misjudgement that he has made, but we have to see.”
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