Russia has considered replacing Putin for a year – Budanov

24 April, 12:59 PM
Vladimir Putin (Photo:Kremlin via REUTERS)

Vladimir Putin (Photo:Kremlin via REUTERS)

Russia has considered replacing dictator Vladimir Putin for over a year, said Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) head, Kyrylo Budanov, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine on April 24.

“The options for transferring power have been considered and have been under consideration for over a year, but they cannot come to a decision,” he said.

He suggested that a “palace coup” could occur in the Kremlin, but it will not be publicly noticed.

“At most, they will say that someone died of a heart attack, or someone was arrested because he turned out to be a British intelligence agent, as it was in the 30s, do you remember? This has all happened before,” said the HUR chief.

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Russia’s military- and political elites are already discussing candidates for Putin’s successor, and there is more than one, said Budanov. He refused to name specific names.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius stated earlier that the Russian elite have begun to turn away from Vladimir Putin.

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