Vladimir Putin will be removed, believes Ukrainian historian, researcher of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and military officer Oleksandr Alferov. According to him, the Russian president has crossed the line and the Russian elites need another leader, because they have effectively lost their business, they are under sanctions and now they can only earn on the domestic market – on gas and oil.
“I’m just convinced it will be removed. The entire Russian system is built on the fact that there is a leader-commander, and he will begin to feel so strong that he will stand in the way of the elites,” Ukrainian historian Alferov predicted in an interview with the RBC website.
“Putin crossed the line. Russian elites need another leader. Because they were essentially put out of business, they are under sanctions. Now they can only earn on the domestic market – on oil and gas. Russian businessmen understand that their earnings are tied to crumbs from the lord’s table. We don’t know if Putin will be killed or removed like Khrushchev or Yeltsin. Most likely, however, Putin will not die by his own hand,” he added.
Abbas Galyamov, who was in the team that prepared speeches for Vladimir Putin between 2008 and 2010, expressed himself similarly in an interview with the FORUM 24 newspaper. According to him, Putin has a problem and the only thing that can keep him in power is a victory in Ukraine. “If the war continues, there will be no other way out than revolution,” he added.
Russia is facing presidential elections in March. Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win the three-day vote from March 15 to 17, securing another six-year term in the Kremlin. Out of 11 applicants, the commission has so far registered four candidates, Putin and representatives of three parliamentary parties. Commission chairwoman Ella Pamfilova said today that the commission plans to announce a decision on the remaining candidates on February 7.
It is expected that the biggest rival of the current head of the Kremlin will be the politician Boris Nadezhdin. According to the media, Nadezhdin’s campaign initially faltered before the collection of signatures for the only anti-war candidate criticizing President Vladimir Putin was supported by well-known opposition politicians. People then stood for hours in the cold to be able to sign. The law requires at least 100,000 signatures from a candidate of a non-parliamentary party with a limit of no more than 2,500 signatures from one region.
According to the Interfax agency, Nadezhdin said that he handed over 105,000 signatures collected in Russia. He also stated that he was supported by tens of thousands of Russians living abroad, but that he decided not to hand over their signatures. The candidate’s website states that the total number of signatures has exceeded 200,000.