As Russian troops continue losing their lives in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin’s regime is facing total collapse over the next year, with his close circle of confidants slowly breaking ranks with the iron fisted dictator.
“I would not be surprised if his regime collapses in 2023,” Olga Lautman of the Center for European Policy Analysis told The Sun.
She noted the near-constant rumors about Putin’s ill health, saying that they are probably being put out by powerful Kremlin insiders to weaken Putin’s grip on the country and prepare it for a successor.
“They may be laying the groundwork for Putin’s removal, they could be a form of distraction for the West, or they could be to discourage uprisings. Why bother overthrowing Putin if he is about to die?” Lautman said, throwing cold water on the theories about Putin’s impending death.
Her comments come shortly after a new report claimed that Putin is being kept alive by Western medicines as pancreatic cancer and Parkinson’s disease ravages his body.
“I can say that without this treatment he would definitely not have been in public life in the Russian Federation. This is absolutely certain,” said Russian political analyst Valery Solovey.
He claimed that Putin is being administered “advanced treatments Russia cannot provide him with,” though how he is getting a hold of such treatments wasn’t made clear.
Despite the treatment, “the end is already in sight,” Solevey contends, “even according to the doctors who are curating this treatment, because no medication can be endlessly successful.”
Regardless, Olga Lautman says that the war with Ukraine will never end until Putin is out of power.
“Peace in Ukraine means Russia packing up its military and going home,” she said. “It means Russia de-occupying all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea and the Donbas.”
“This won’t happen under Putin. If his regime collapses and there is a new face in the Kremlin that wants to make amends, then there may be short-term changes, but ultimately not a long-term withdrawal.”
According to Yuri Felshtinsky, co-author of the book “Blowing up Russia,” there are two ways Putin could fall from power.
If the failures of the war become more apparent to the average Russian, Putin’s regime could collapse very quickly, as the Soviet Union did after the Afghan war in the 1980s. But he warned that Putin would use nukes before that could happen.
The other possibility is that an insider coup takes place, deposing Putin and installing a new leader who is unwilling to keep Russia mired in an endless war.
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