Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2022. (Sergei GUNEYEV / POOL / AFP)
Russian Elites are alleged plotting to remove Vladimir Putin by poisoning him and line up a replacement as President, according to an intelligence report.
According to the Chief Directorate of Intelligence in Kyiv’s Ministry of Defence, a “group of influential” members of the “elite” have devised a plan aimed at toppling the Russian President.
Kyiv’s intelligence brief also suggests Russian Elites feel aggrieved by the impact of war on the Russian economy and the further damage of sanctions.
A brief from the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine has said that FSB director Oleksandr Bortnikov is being lined up to replace Vladimir Putin.
“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.”
Bortnikov has now fallen out of favour with the Moscow despot, over errors in the Ukraine war. Putin has sacked eight generals in a bid to divert blame from himself for the bloody war which has killed almost 15,000 of his troops in just 25 days.
Both Putin and Bortnikov served for the KGB in Leningrad.
Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin had in February replaced about 1,000 personal staff members over fears that they would poison him, a report said.
Those sacked included bodyguards, cooks, launderers, and secretaries, The Daily Beast reported, citing a Russian government source.
However, the plot is believed to have been influenced by the losses sustained by Chechen forces, who Ukraine said have been sent back to Russia due to losses inflicted upon them by Ukrainian forces.
Vladimir Putin in an attempt to justify his invasion of Ukraine, organised a huge pro-war rally to mark the 8th anniversary of annexation of Crimea, amidst heavy critism at home and abroad. Seeking to portray the war as just, Putin paraphrased the Bible to say of Russia’s troops: “There is no greater love than giving up one’s soul for one’s friends.”
And he continued to insist his actions were necessary to prevent “genocide,” a claim flatly denied by leaders around the globe.
Several Telegram channels critical of the Kremlin reported that students and employees of state institutions in a number of regions were ordered by their superiors to attend the event.