Details About Putin Emerging: Is Russia Moving Towards Civil War?

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show

This hyperbole speaks to the desperation of the situaiton.

This hyperbole speaks to the desperation of the situaiton.

Putin has not been seen March 5th, meaning that the world is in its eleventh day of the Putin watch. The Russian people, their military and the whole world now has grave concerns about Putin’s fate and what it could mean for the world.

I will say this upfront, if Putin was violently deposed, which is increasingly looking like the case, there are elements of the Russian military that will not accept an “orderly” transition of power.

Details are beginning to leak with regard to Putin’s possible fate. Here is what we presently know.


A Former Israeli Ambassador Weighs In On Putin’s Disappearance

Israel’s former ambassador to Russia, Zvi Magen, stated quite clearly “There are signs of a coup (in Russia).” Magen’s concerns emanate from the fact that Putin was last seen in public on March 5th, and in Russia there are increased fears that he is the victim of an attempted coup by security organizations and the Russian army.

Former Ambassador Magen believes that army factions and/or wealthy businessmen could be behind President Vladimir Putin’s disappearance. Why would wealthy businessman be in league with the removal of Putin from office?  Take a  close look at the following map and realize what the war in Ukraine must be doing to the Russian energy business. This is the kind of event which could get wealthy businessman to support a coup against Putin.

The War in Ukraine is wreaking havoc on the Russian energy business.

The War in Ukraine is wreaking havoc on the Russian energy business.

Remember, that Russia ships about 60% of its gas through Ukraine. In the state of war that exists in Ukraine, the gas shipments have been impacted. This has led Putin to move to a backup plan as he recently signed an energy deal with Turkey. The deal does not favor Russia because the Turks took advantage of Russia’s desperation.

Interestingly, Ukraine’s media is beginning to report that not only is Putin’s chief bodyguard is dead, but so is Putin. And the notion that wealthy businessmen would support a coup over an impaired energy empire, due to Putin’s policies, is supported by the following Ukranian media accounts.

Out of Ukranian newspapers, there are persistent reports that Putin’s chief body guard was killed several days ago. Both Nina Khruschev, the granddaughter of former Soviet Premier, Nikita Khruschev and the head of the Center for Sociological and Political Studies “Sotsiovymir”  Sergey Taran, reported from Press Ukraine, that Putin is also dead. In fact, both sources went on to say that Putin’s replacement will be tasked with the important job of “ending the war in Ukraine“. Therefore, at least some of the media in Ukraine is reporting that Putin’s death is a foregone conclusion and the implication is that disrupted energy shipments are at the heart of the deposing of Putin. This media account would support former Israeli Ambassador, Zvi Magen, contention that Putin was deposed by military factions and wealth business interests. 


A Naval War College Professor Weighs In

U.S. Naval War College professor, Tom Nichols.

U.S. Naval War College professor, Tom Nichols.

If Putin doesn’t show in the next day or so or if all we get are some press stills, then that will suggest something is seriously wrong and the Russian people may take to the streets. If the people are having this reaction, then so will some of the military forces who are loyal to Putin. We could possibly be days away from a Russian civil war in which Russian units with various loyalties could be facing off against each other. This is a view held, at least partially, by Dr. Tom Nichols. Nichols is a professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.

It is my belief that Putin could have been removed by Russians by more hard-line than Putin, for reasons I discussed in yesterday’s article. Similarly, Nichols believes that if Putin was removed by people who are actually more hard-line than Putin, we all have a lot to worry about. To this Naval War college professor, “more hard-line” that Putin means that these people would be synonymous with the term “psychopath.”

For the moment, Nichols states that he cautiously leans toward believing that Putin is incapacitated from a health standpoint. However, he admits that he has nothing to go on except for the fact that the Kremlin is clearly in a coverup mode and are being secretive to the point of exhibiting bizarre behavior.

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