Former Kremlin confidant is safe
“A military coup against Putin is quite possible”
More and more close confidants are turning their backs on Vladimir Putin. Even former companions of the Russian president do not consider a putsch to be impossible.
Published: 12 minutes ago
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Putin’s ex-speechwriter Abbas Galliamov.
For almost a year, Russian President Vladimir Putin (70) has been at war in Ukraine. The short invasion of the neighboring country planned by the Kremlin is increasingly becoming a trench warfare – with high losses on both sides. Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have already lost their lives in the war.
Things are becoming increasingly uncomfortable for Putin in the Kremlin. More and more of his confidants are turning away from him. Even between Putin and his closest Kremlin followers, such as Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin (61), things are said to be really boiling.
In fact, even former confidants of the Russian President believe a coup is ever more likely. “The war is lost. The Russian economy is on the ground, »says Putin’s former speechwriter Abbas Galliamov in a CNN interview. “At the moment I think that a military coup is quite possible.”
In an interview with the American TV station, Galljamov explains the background to his thoughts. So more and more dead would return to Russia. “The Russian people will demand an explanation for this. You’re going to look around and think, ‘This is what happens when our country is run by an old tyrant, an old dictator.'”
According to Galliamov, such a coup could take place within the next twelve months. «In a year the political situation will change. Then, when a truly hated, unpopular president is at the helm of the country waging an unpopular war, a coup d’etat becomes a real possibility. At some point heads have to roll.”
Putin could cancel elections
There are also presidential elections in Russia in about a year. In recent months, experts have repeatedly voiced their doubts about Putin’s renewed term in office. Russia expert Ulrich Schmid, for example, said in an interview with Blick: “Putin will probably not stand in the 2024 elections”.
Ex-speaker Galliamov could imagine that Putin simply cancels the presidential elections out of fear of his power. “Without a win against Ukraine, he will get into trouble with the Russian people,” he says. “The Russians don’t need a weak leader. That’s why he could cancel the elections – for fear of appearing as a failure.” (zis)