A former Russian deputy Energy Minister who has turned on Vladimir Putin has warned that his days are numbered as Russia is “being disconnected from global markets, global financial architecture.”
Putin’s war is far from going to plan as Western sanctions is crippling Russia’s economy which is causing divisions within the Kremlin and the country’s elite which will end up seeing the Russian President being ousted.#
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Vladimir Milov who is now an adviser to opposition leader Alexy Navalny, argues that Putin’s days are numbered as “ordinary Russians” are expressing their discontent.
Speaking to CNN Milov said, “For the first time ever, we are moving in a backwards direction. We had a lot of difficulties in the 70s, and the 80s, and the 90s, but we were still somewhat opening to the world and the direction was very different.
“Now Russia is being disconnected from global markets, global financial architecture, technology, logistics, and so on.
“So, when I say devastated, I mean it.
“He can hang on for some time, but few weeks, months, down the road, many more people inside the system will begin questioning what he’s doing, ordinary Russians will express discontent with deteriorating economic situation, huge losses in the war.
“This is something Putin never experienced.”
Milov said that that Russian elites will be questioning if Putin is the right person to lead Russia and will also be looking at the direction the country is heading in to.
He added, “If like two people, three people, or more will start to discuss that Putin is taking the country in the wrong direction, this is with large certainty going to be recorded and reported to Putin.”
Russia expert, Andrei Soldatov, also believes Putin’s position could be under threat and he “is very worried” as security has been stepped up at the Kremlin.
He added, “The Russian President has been bracing for a coup for some weeks as has faced fierce criticism over his ‘special operation’ in Ukraine and he has purged around 150 of his spies over the constant failures.”