Senior Kremlin insiders and Russia’s elite are plotting to assassinate Vladimir Putin to remove him from power by “poisoning, sudden disease,” or any other “coincidence” which is not being “excluded.”
The Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence received an intelligence briefing which suggests a “group of influential” Kremlin insiders are planning to assassinate Putin.
The intelligence brief suggests that Putin could be replaced by the FSB director Oleksandr Bortnikov, as he is the most likely candidate.
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Ukraine’s Chief Directorate of Intelligence said, “It is known that Bortnikov and some other influential representatives of the Russian elite are considering various options to remove Putin from power.
“In particular, poisoning, sudden disease, or any other ‘coincidence’ is not excluded.”
Both Bortnikov and Putin served on the KGB in Leningrad, then Bortnikov took over the FSB security agency, formerly known as the KGB.
At the start of the conflict with the West, Bortnikov was thought to be Putin’s key figure in his military manoeuvres, but their relations have deteriorated according to reports.
A Ukrainian intelligence source recently said, “It is noteworthy that Bortnikov has recently been disgraced by the Russian dictator.
“The official reason for the disgrace of the FSB leader – fatal miscalculations in the war against Ukraine.
“Bortnikov and his department were responsible for analyzing the mood of Ukraine and the ability of the Ukrainian army.”
An ex-Russian Minister who was the Boris Yeltsin’s leading diplomat has warned it is most likely there could be an internal Kremlin coup which will see Vladimir Putin escorted “either to the grave or to retirement.”
Andrei Kozyrev said that senior figures in the Kremlin could quietly be plotting to oust Putin and could be planning his downfall.
Many Kremlin insiders have expressed their “anger” over Putin’s invasion which they never believed would happen, and with Russian soldiers being killed then country isolated from the world, sanctions which has crippled the economy Putin will almost certainly pay the price.
A Western source told the Daily Mirror on Saturday, “These rumours and suspicions within the Moscow inner-circle will sow the seeds of paranoia and doubt in the leadership.
“There is no doubt that as the Russian elite feel the pinch of sanctions that they will be looking at the future with an eye on what a catastrophe this war is for them – and it’s going to get worse.
“There is a significant suspicion that a small number of people might actually now try to get rid of the Russian President but whether they will succeed remains to be seen.
“Certainly they are being given an awful lot of encouragement by various influential figures in the West and the feeling amongst most people is that enough is enough.”