Vladimir Putin’s cronies tired of considering replacements: report

The closest Kremlin cronies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are said to have lost confidence in the strong man and, according to a new bombshell report, are discussing among themselves who should replace him.

The Kremlin cabal has already drawn up a list of potential candidates to succeed Putin, including former President Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Sergei Kirienko, the president’s deputy chief of staff, the Russian-English news website Meduza reported, citing multiple sources close to the Führer’s regime.

Recently, Kirienko has been in constant communication with Putin about the situation in Ukraine’s hotly contested Donbass region and the economy, and he is widely regarded as a member of the president’s “inner circle.”

“It’s not that they are preparing a conspiracy now and want to overthrow Putin,” an unnamed source told Meduza. “But there is an understanding or a desire that he will not be running the country in the fairly foreseeable future.”

At the same time, Meduza’s sources said everyone in the government is aware that Putin will only resign if his health takes a turn for the worse.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with the head of Rostec
Talk of regime change comes amid rumors that Putin, who appeared ill in public appearances, is battling cancer.
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Deputy Chief of Staff Sergei Kirienko sits next to Vladimir Putin
Deputy Chief of Staff Sergei Kirienko (left) is considered a possible candidate to succeed Putin.
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This talk of regime change comes amid persistent — but unconfirmed — rumors that Putin is suffering from terminal cancer and a host of other serious illnesses.

Another source claimed that after three months of Russia’s war with Ukraine, dissatisfaction with Putin is growing among the country’s wealthy elites, who have been hit hard by five consecutive rounds of sanctions, with a sixth on the way.

“Almost no one is happy with Putin,” the source told the outlet. “[The business community] and many members of the government are unhappy that the President started the war without considering the extent of the sanctions.”

Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin takes part in a military parade
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is also on the list of possible Putin successors.
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Dmitry Medvedev chairs a meeting
Former President Dmitry Medvedev could be called upon to take over government duties if Putin leaves due to illness, insiders say.
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The hope now is that whoever succeeds Putin will be able to reach an agreement with Ukraine and the West “to undo everything he has done”.

Meduza’s sources claimed that since the conflict with Ukraine erupted on February 24, Putin has managed “to alienate everyone,” both those seeking peace and those wanting to continue the invasion.

“Slightly pessimistic” Kremlin bureaucrats see no realistic scenario in which the regime could end the invasion – while preserving Russia’s standing, Meduza reported.

Heavily damaged residential buildings in Mariupol, Ukraine
Sources say Russia’s elites are unhappy with Putin for waging a war against Ukraine that has led to cutthroat sanctions.
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Meanwhile, pro-war “hawks” are dissatisfied with the slow pace of the war and are clamoring for more decisive action.

“They believe that since we are already inside [the war] – we can’t show weakness,” a source said. “We have to work harder.”

That could mean general military service and war “until victory” – “ideally the capture of Kiev,” the source continued.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/24/vladimir-putins-cronies-fed-up-weighing-replacements-report/ Vladimir Putin’s cronies tired of considering replacements: report

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