As Vladimir Putin ramps up attacks on Ukraine, possible plots from Russia to overthrow him are being revealed. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s General Intelligence Directorate, Russian elites are considering ousting Putin with “poisoning, sudden illness, or accident.”
In a post published on Sunday, Ukrainian intelligence asserted that the Russian elite group’s aim is to “restore economic ties” with the West after economic sanctions against Putin’s government were increased.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry stated that a group of “influential people” has been forming in Russia who want to “remove Putin from power as soon as possible and restore economic ties with the West, which were destroyed by the war in Ukraine.”
The information alleges that the group has already been considering Alexander Bortnikov, Russian director of the Federal Security Service and a member of Putin’s inner circle, as the president’s successor.
Intelligence officials said Bortnikov and Putin had a falling out after the president blamed him for “fatal miscalculations” in the invasion of Ukraine.
“Bortnikov and his department were responsible for analyzing the mood of the Ukrainian population and the capabilities of the Ukrainian Army.” The General Intelligence Directorate, moreover, said that their information came from Russian sources and that they are “considering various options for removing Putin from power,” including a possible assassination.
The leadership change may also be “an attempt to establish cooperation with Ukrainian authorities” while the war drags on, the post said. Russia’s economy has been strangled by sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its NATO allies; as well as dozens of international companies that decided to cut ties with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
Around the world, influential Russian oligarchs have had their valuable assets confiscated by Western countries, and many have returned to the homeland or fled to friendlier nations.