After Vladimir Putin turned practically everyone against him during the invasion of Ukraine, top Russian officials are reported to be scheming a government without him.
Three months after Russian tanks first crossed the Ukrainian border, a government source told Russian-Latvian news portal Meduza that among Kremlin officials and Russian elites, “there are almost no people who are content with Putin.”
‘Businessmen and many members of the government are angry because the president launched the war without considering the magnitude of the sanctions – it is impossible to live with such sanctions,’ the person said, echoing two other government insiders.
‘The war-related issues in Russia are already obvious, and by July, they will be coming from all directions: transportation, medicine, and even agriculture. ‘No one could have imagined such a size,’ Meduza’s official interlocutor explained.
The news comes as Kyiv’s spy head stated yesterday that Putin avoided an assassination attempt roughly a month into the war, and that Putin’s seclusion is a precautionary measure based on his strong mistrust of his subordinates.
Over 6.5 million people have fled to other countries as a result of Russia’s three-month invasion, which has reduced entire cities into rubble and caused the implementation of unprecedented Western sanctions on Russia.
Following early losses, Putin reportedly replaced the FSB, Russia’s domestic security agency, as the principal organisation responsible for intelligence gathering in Ukraine with the military intelligence agency GRU.
However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken command of the military effort, personally issuing instructions to generals and attempting to assign responsibilities.
Meanwhile, the head of the main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s ministry of defence declared yesterday Putin is cutting himself off from close contact with his subordinates to avoid any assassination attempts.
‘Looking at some of his manic syndromes, he is afraid to seriously prepare a successor, realising that in preparation, this successor may want to take the chair a little earlier than Putin himself wants,’ Major General Kyrylo Budanov told Ukrainskaya Pravda.
‘Therefore, he keeps everyone at a certain distance. And he believes that he will rule forever. But it will not be so.’
He said: ‘Look at the history of any dictator of the 20th and 21st centuries. They all ended the same. In most cases, they died against their will.’