Kiriyenko sees himself as Putin successor, says Ukrainian military intelligence

24 October 2022, 02:11 PM
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (Photo:Kremlin via REUTERS)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (Photo:Kremlin via REUTERS)

Sergey Kiriyenko, the architect of the Kremlin’s policy of annexation of Ukrainian territories, sees himself as Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s successor, Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with NV’s sister publication, Ukrainska Pravda, published on Oct. 24.

Kiriyenko “sees himself as the successor in more or less peaceful transfer of power,” he explained.

Other contenders, such as former Russian president and current Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, have no chance to take the lead after Putin, while the Secretary of the Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, wants most of all for his son, Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev, to serve as the next Russian dictator, Budanov believes.

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“Does Patrushev have a chance?” Budanov asked rhetorically.

“Hypothetically, he does. But he is not alone there.”

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