Daily Beast Reports Putin’s Inner Circle Is Hunting For His Replacement As They Grow “Increasingly Fed Up” With The Russian Dictator: “He Will Not Run The Country”


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It looks like Vladimir Putin’s reign of terror could possibly be over a lot sooner than he thinks or expects.

The Daily Beast’s Allison Quinn reports on new information coming from sources within the Russian dictator’s camp that indicate Vladimir’s insiders are rapidly growing weary of the unhinged leader’s antics, with some reports even indicating that members of Putin’s innermost circle are already secretly on the hunt for the dictator’s successor.

According to the new report, the Russian dictatorial president doesn’t currently stand at risk of a coup as his country suffers the brutal, devastating ramifications of his unhinged and senseless invasion and attack against Ukraine — that’s gone so resoundingly opposite of his assumed plan that global sanctions have absolutely crippled the Russian economy. However, while a full-blown government overthrow may not yet be on the horizon, it seems that many of the dictator’s closest insiders are working behind the scenes to do everything they can to ensure Putin’s days in power are numbered.

Quinn covers reporting hailing from independent media outlet Meduza that indicated “several sources close to the Russian presidential administration who said officials are increasingly fed up with Putin personally.”

One source reportedly said, “It’s not about them wanting to prepare a plot and overthrow Putin right now. But there is an understanding, or a desire, that in the fairly foreseeable future he will not run the country.”

Yet another source from within the Kremlin revealed, “There are probably almost no [members of the elite] who are satisfied with Putin. [The business community] and many members of the government are unhappy that the president started the war without thinking about the scale of sanctions—it’s impossible to live with such sanctions.”

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, former President Dmitry Medvedev, and Putin administration’s first deputy chief of staff Sergei Kirienko are reportedly among those who are currently under consideration as the Russian dictator’s replacement.

An additional source spoke with Meduza and said that the brutally botched war against Ukraine is rapidly morphing into a point of contention, explaining, “The problems [in Russia due to the war] are already evident, and in the middle of the summer they will just come pouring down from all directions: transportation, medicine, even agriculture. Nobody thought about such a scale [of impacts].”

Quinn notes in her report on the matter, “… according to Meduza, Putin himself is still willfully blind, insisting that the country’s growing economic problems have nothing to do with the war. And even those officials who have been discussing potential successors in private know the only way for Putin’s departure is if his health—which has been at the center of rampant rumors about terminal illness in recent months—takes a major turn for the worse.”

While we cannot confirm anything regarding Vladimir Putin’s physical or mental health with 100 percent certainty, it’s absolutely true that the dictator’s health has become a quietly whispered talking point, as insiders have gone so far as to claim Putin has suffered from cancer and even required treatments in the middle of meetings.

You can read the full report from The Daily Beast right here. 

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