Vladimir Putin will only be removed from power in a palace coup, says a leading political scientist.
This is the only prospect for ending the ‘meat grinder’ war in Ukraine, according to Vladislav Inozemtsev, director of the Russian Center for Research of the Post-Industrial Society.
This comes as another Putin insider says the warmonger has no viable options left to flee into exile despite rumors that his cronies have begun what is called Operation Noah’s Ark to find him and his closest cronies a safe haven.
“I think the only chance to change the situation is some kind of palace coup, once the elite truly understand that Putin is leading them to a dead end,” Inozemtsev said.
The only prospect for ending the ‘meat grinder’ war in Ukraine is a coup against Putin, according to a Kremlin expert. Putin is pictured in the Kremlin, Moscow, December 20
The war in Ukraine will only end if Putin is removed from power in a palace coup, said Vladislav Inozemtsev (pictured), an expert on Russian political science.
‘But whether or not it will happen, or when… is impossible to forecast.
Such a coup would involve Putin’s closest aides or guards.
Hopes of a mass uprising to oust Putin were dashed, he said.
Russian society “is totally inert, and the Kremlin shouldn’t expect any trouble.”
There were no major protests – ‘so far I don’t see any desire to stop the war,’ he said.
Inozemtsev, now based in Washington, says that, contrary to some Western forecasts, Putin can raid the Russian economy to keep the war going for at least two more years, and that he could mobilize a total of a million men.
“Putin has great potential to finance the war,” he told the Zerkalo website.
“Reserves and borrowing possibilities in the Russian domestic market give you an infinite amount of money, and you will not have problems with the budget either this coming year or in 2024.”
The war “will certainly last at least until [next] summer, depending on what successes or failures there will be on the front in early spring.
‘As for the Ukrainian army, I am sure that it is determined to repel the Russian attacks.
“Ukraine is constantly re-arming itself with Western weapons and ammunition, and this process is going on quite steadily.
‘So I think this is the meat grinder situation that will continue for quite some time.
“Indeed, Russia will suffer heavy losses, but as Ukrainian officials rightly say, Moscow has the capacity to mobilize up to a million men. This is correct.’
Experts warn that such a coup against Putin (pictured in the Kremlin on December 20) would involve his closest aides or guards. But any hope of a mass uprising to oust Putin was dashed.
Former Putin speechwriter Abbas Gallyamov, now a critic, said Putin is now hyperactive compared to his reclusive style during the covid pandemic.
Even though Russia is ravaged by covid again, and the flu, he is now active because ‘he has other things to fear…
Now there are much more terrifying enemies. [like] the Armed Forces of Ukraine, first of all, and the collective West, NATO.
He is forced to become more active. It is clear that now the situation is not developing in the desired way.
He said: ‘This is the last chance for Putin, and he is trying to make the most of it.’
But Gallyamov told interviewer Yevgenia Albats that a “power vacuum” is forming and that his circle has sought a “rainy day” plan for him and those closest to him to flee Russia if necessary.
They had sought refuge in China, Venezuela and Argentina, he said.
The war will last at least until next summer, experts say. Putin appears in Minsk, Belarus, on December 19.
Kremlin expert Valery Solovey (pictured) said he does not see a viable exit route for Putin to go into exile in another country.
But another Putin expert, Valery Solovey, a former professor at the prestigious Moscow Institute of International Relations [MGIMO]a training school for spies and diplomats, said these plans, and another planned haven in Israel, the Central African Republic and an unnamed European country, were now useless for the Kremlin leader.
‘Israel was acceptable before February 24 [when the war started],’ he said.
Now they have no destination country.
‘There is no place where they can hide, it simply does not exist on the planet, because on February 24 the situation changed.
And that is why the political establishment is very nervous, particularly those who are responsible for the military and political part of the operation.
“They would have been willing to take a deal, there were rumors,” he said.
But now there was no foreign exit route for Putin and his team.