(FeaturedNews.com) – A recent Facebook post claims that influential Russians are extremely unhappy with the political and economic mess created by the invasion of Ukraine. According to sources in the attacked country, a coup may be forming to remove Russian President Vladimir Putin from power. The unconfirmed report came from the Chief Directorate of Intelligence for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Russian Feels The Pinch of Sanctions
The western world remains united in isolating Russia from the world economic stage. The United States and all of its NATO allies are clamping down hard. Russian oligarchs, including President Vladimir Putin, are all subject to property seizures and repossessions in countries around the world. The US is offering rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the seizure of Russian assets.
Those sanctions are working, according to the directorate. Their intelligence agents say that Russia’s elite inner circle — those closest to Putin — could be plotting to remove him by any means necessary, up to and including assassination.
Russian Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov is the presumed successor, should the plan go into action. Bortnikov, a person close to Putin and former KGB agent, had a falling out with his president after being blamed for the miscalculations of the Ukrainian military operation, leading to heavy losses of troops and equipment.
According to jailed former opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a colleague of Putin’s political rival, the Russian people remain seriously divided. He predicted the end of the Kremlin’s regime within five years. Vladimir Ashurkov, chief executive of Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation, says Putin can expect widespread dissent among businesses and the elite and growing dissatisfaction from the public.
Removing Putin is Not a New Idea
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) floated the idea of someone inside Putin’s camp taking action. Graham spoke directly to the Russian people, reminding them that they face being labeled war criminals because of their leader’s actions, urging them to take a stand. A tweet confirms that he meant what he said, asking if there was a “Brutus” the people could count on.
Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?
The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out.
You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 4, 2022
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki rebuked the statement, announcing that the administration did not support Graham’s position.
While Graham’s statement doesn’t appear to have gone well for him publicly here in America, the idea certainly seems to have caught on. If these unconfirmed reports come true, the shakeup from Putin’s removal could certainly change the course of world events.
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