Putin’s Former Speechwriter Predicts Navy Coup in Russia



A former Kremlin aide is warning that as Moscow blindly pursues its bloody conquest in Ukraine, the scenario at house is quietly heading in the direction of a navy coup.

Abbas Gallyamov, Vladimir Putin’s former speechwriter, says the circumstances are already there for a full revolt.

“The longer the warfare drags on, the clearer its pointlessness turns into,” Gallyamov writes in a brand new column for opposition media outlet Mozhem Obyasnit.

The Russian public has largely begun to comprehend that the Kremlin’s dream of toppling the Kyiv “regime” will not be going to occur, Gallyamov notes, and the comfort prize of latest “Russian” territories will not be successful anyone over.

Discord can be rising within the navy, he argues, the place “[Wagner boss Yevgeny] Prigozhin has fully discredited the regime within the eyes of service members together with his rhetoric, and anger on the authorities permitting a legal to stroll throughout them is rising stronger.”

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Putin’s crafty, “macho” picture has additionally disintegrated, Gallyamov writes: “As issues pile up within the nation and the military that the authorities are unable to resolve, Putin is extra steadily reworking in individuals’s eyes from an excellent strategist to an odd, second-rate dictator.”

After months of widespread experiences on Russian troops rebelling in opposition to their commanders, going public with complaints about prime navy brass, or deserting the warfare altogether, Gallyamov notes that each one it takes to mild the fuse of a full navy coup is a bit more group.

“It should be understood that the overwhelming majority of commanders within the military of an authoritarian nation are usually not staunch supporters of the authorities, however run-of-the-mill opportunists,” he argues.

So as soon as a revolt begins and “yesterday’s loyalties” vanish, navy commanders will combat for whoever appears most definitely to win, in keeping with Gallyamov. “If complaints in opposition to authorities appear convincing to [a commander], then he’ll most definitely resolve that that [regime] won’t stand in opposition to a wave of public anger. And if that’s the case, there’s no cause to not be a part of.”

Along with the myriad experiences already on the market of troops revolting in opposition to and in some instances even attacking their very own commanders, hundreds extra Russian troopers have voluntarily handed themselves over to Ukrainian authorities to keep away from participating within the warfare.

A consultant for a Ukrainian hotline referred to as “I Wish to Stay” advised The Guardian on Thursday {that a} complete of 6,543 Russian troops had referred to as up searching for to give up to the Ukrainian authorities in a span of about 4 months.

“In the course of the liberation of Kherson, we had calls from Russians and so they advised us: ‘Simply save our souls as a result of we received caught someplace within the mud, our battalion is completely crushed, we now have 10 troopers left, please take us from this mess,” Vitali Matvienko was quoted saying.

He didn’t say what number of of these cellphone calls led to accomplished surrenders.

Whereas Russian troops had as soon as bragged about what they had been certain can be a lightning-fast takeover of Ukraine, odd Russian residents at the moment are as an alternative seeing a gentle drip of loss of life at residence, with billboards going up promoting funeral providers for “Cargo 200,” a navy time period for these killed in motion.

By the way, Russia’s funeral providers trade could also be one of many solely sectors of the economic system to hit the jackpot within the warfare, at the same time as different industries undergo from worldwide sanctions.

The Insider experiences that the trade is blowing up at a file tempo and crematoriums are “rising exponentially.”

The proprietor of a crematorium in Novosibirsk advised the outlet there’s a lot demand he’s planning to open an entire new navy part within the spring.

“Every little thing can be within the navy model, we’ll even arrange a cannon,” he mentioned, including that producers had additionally begun providing camouflage coffins and “quite a lot of navy paraphernalia.”

Though they could not show that standard. “Apparently for the family members it has unhealthy associations,” he mentioned.

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