Ukrainian Intelligence Says Russian Elites Planning To Overthrow Putin

Ukrainian Intelligence Says Russian Elites Planning To Overthrow Putin
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A new report claims that a group of unnamed Russian elites are planning to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Poisoning, sudden illness, accident — Russia’s elite is considering removing Putin,” declared a Sunday Facebook post from the Chief Directorate of Intelligence for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

“A group of influential people in opposition to Vladimir Putin is being formed among the Russian business and political elite,” the directorate said, according to a translation. “Their goal is to remove Putin from power as soon as possible and restore economic ties with the West that were destroyed by the war in Ukraine.”

The intelligence alleged that the group of elites is looking at Alexander Bortnikov, the Russian director of the Federal Security Service and a member of Putin’s inner circle, as a replacement. The directorate said Bortnikov and Putin have had falling out after Putin blamed him for “fatal miscalculations” in the planning and execution of the invasion of Ukraine.

“Bortnikov and his department were responsible for analyzing the mood of the population of Ukraine and the capacity of the Ukrainian army,” the directorate said. “A certain part of the Russian political elite of the Russian Federation considers as the successor of Putin – the director of FSB Alexander Bortnikov. It is noteworthy that Bortnikov has recently fallen out of favor with the Russian dictator. The official reason for the disgrace of the head of the FSB – fatal miscalculations in the war against Ukraine,” the post said.
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