A Russian expert has said that Vladimir Putin’s generals would refuse any orders to launch nuclear weapons on the West because they believe his is not well which “diminishes the risk of them obeying his order to kill foes, like they did in the past.”
Christo Grozev, who is an expert on Russian affairs and is associated with the Bellingcat open source research group said that many Russian military chiefs and security officials along with his inner circle all believe Putin is either “dying or gravely ill.”
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Putin and his barking dogs have have issued many threats of nuclear war which can also been seen as a weakness of failure.
TV interviewer Dmitry Gordon asked Grozev, “We watch [Putin] spasmodically clutching the corner of the table with his right arm during a meeting with [Defence Minister Sergei] Shoigu.
“And his jacket being too high and tight around his neck, his stumbling, limping gait… Is he sick, or do we just so much want him to be sick?”
Grozev replied, I can’t speak without information or the full facts, however what we do know is that oligarchs from his closest circle claim that the Russian President is no well.
He added, “We also know that the Lubyanka [FSB secret service] sent a letter about a month ago to all regional FSB chiefs.
The letters read, “If you hear about him having a very serious illness, we insist you do not pay attention.”
Grozev said, “So I think it doesn’t matter that much if he is dying or gravely ill, what matters is people around him think so. This changes the formula, this is a factor in deciding just how loyal people feel they should be to him.
“I believe this factor – that people close to him think that he is not all right health-wise – diminishes the risk of them obeying his order to kill foes, like they did in the past.
“The same reason makes it unlikely that someone will press the nuclear button, with the understanding that if he is gone in three or six months, who will protect them from a trial in Nuremberg?”