A security and defence analyst has said that there are “no signs” of a coup in the Kremlin, but “sooner or later they will remove” Vladimir Putin.
Professor Michael Clarke said it is impossible to know when there could be a coup within the Kremlin and he does not believe Putin will be ousted in a “popular revolt.”
Professor Clarke told Sky News that coup will be planned by those who are close to Putin from within his inner circle.
He said, “Sooner or later, they will remove him in some way or another – I’m sure about that, but just don’t know when.”
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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.
Boris Yeltsin’s former leading diplomat said, “Many Russian tsars were killed. Many were dismissed one way or the other.
“Even in the Soviet Union, there were ways; Stalin was said to have been poisoned, Khrushchev was just escorted out of the Kremlin.
“With Putin, I very much expect there to be resistance growing and discontent growing that will be resolved one way or another.
“I don’t know which way but Russian history is full of unexpected outcomes.”
Kozyrev argued that the Soviet-Afghan war should have been a history lesson to Putin who was a senior KGB officer at the time.
He said, “It also started with an invasion and looked like the Soviets were winning.
“But after that, the West provided assets like Stinger missiles and then it became evident that the ground war started to fall apart . . . the Soviet Union had to evacuate its forces and was defeated.
“My prediction is the same for Russia now . . . the probably very dramatic outcome, like the Soviet Union, of collapse.”
A former KGB spy has said that Putin “fears for his life” as there is a power struggle happening behind the scenes in the Kremlin.
Yuri Shvets, 71 warned that Putin is in a “meat grinder” as there is a power struggle going on within his inner circle and he has therefore been forced to keep himself isolated.
According to an investigative journalist Putin is travelling in an armoured train because he is “scared” to fly as he believes his private jets can be tracked and possibly shot down by NATO or even Ukraine.
Putin is said to be hiding out in locations where air traffic is “significantly limited” and Shvets warned that it is “quite likely he will be poisoned. This is the easiest way.”