Experts claim: Kremlin boss is supplied with outdated information about the war
Does Putin even know what’s going on on the battlefield?
Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin (70) is still convinced that he can win in Ukraine. According to experts, they know the reason for such statements: Putin’s advisors would only inform their boss to a limited extent about the actual situation on the battlefield.
According to experts, Russian President Vladimir Putin does not know exactly what is going on at the front.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (70) switches and rules as he wants. This has not been a secret since the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the latest.
Even as his troops were being pushed hard, Putin insisted his forces would not retreat. In the past, such orders have repeatedly given the impression that the Kremlin ruler has only a limited understanding of the reality on the battlefield. But that’s not all: As the “Wall Street Journal” now reports, experts from Russia, the USA and Ukraine are said to even claim that Putin’s advisors are sending their boss outdated information about the Ukraine war.
Highlight successes, downplay failures
In short: Putin doesn’t really know what’s going on on the battlefield. This may also explain why the ruler still believes in Russia’s victory in the Ukraine war, as he announced on Wednesday.
According to the newspaper, interviews with experts have shown that the head of state is only informed to a limited extent about what is happening at the front. The report is based, among other things, on discussions with current or former Russian officials and people close to the Kremlin. They all describe him as an “isolated” and “suspicious” leader.
For 22 years he has built a system that always flatters him and never criticizes him or his management style. He has gathered advisors who downplay defeats and always emphasize successes. Accordingly, discouraging data should be completely withheld or whitewashed.
Kremlin contradicts claims
Nevertheless, Putin always wants to be in the picture about the situation at the front – his daily morning briefing at 7 a.m. should enable him to do so. According to the newspaper, this should contain some outdated information. Certain messages from the front would only reach the Kremlin ruler days later.
But what is Putin’s entourage afraid of? “People around Putin protect themselves,” says Ekaterina Vinokourova, a former member of Putin’s Human Rights Council. According to Vinokorova, Putin’s advisers are convinced that they must not anger the president.
The Kremlin rejects the experts’ claims. “As in the past, the President has several channels for obtaining information,” the Russian government is quoted as saying. (dzc)