Mr. Mark Galeotti said in Time – but “he can’t come back here”. For him, war was about Russia’s status as a great power, and his own status as “a great ruler”. He will not resign: “in a system without meaningful rule of law, he will entrust his fortune, life and destiny to a successor whom he has also left behind a major disaster.” terrible book”. And no one can make him go.
Impeaching the Russian president requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the “crowded” parliament of his political appointees. “Perhaps the only institution that can topple Putin will be the military,” but it is watched very carefully by the Federal Security Service, the FSB. Could it be that the FSB itself turned on the president? That could take “months or years”. Now, as one Russian businessman told me, “We will all have to wait for Putin to die. Only Death can save us.”
When the war started, analysts were still talking about the “Putin regime”, said Ben Judah Slate. But it is clear that in the Kremlin there is no longer a “regime” – in the sense of “a system of government where many figures can influence and participate in decision-making, from the chief of security to to billionaires”. Instead, Russia has become what political scientists call “an individualist dictatorship.” “The whims of one person, and only one person, determine policy.”
Mr. Stephen Fortescue said Putin certainly seemed isolated from his advisers. Conversation. At their security council meeting before the invasion, some “expressed their reservations very carefully. It took humiliating bullying to get them all started. It is reported that even his right-hand man, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, “looked shocked when Putin ordered him to put Russia’s nuclear forces on alert.”
But now “the elite have to go all the way with him in Ukraine”, Andrei Kolesnikov said in Foreign Affair – “or go to jail”. And there is no way out, because of sanctions and travel bans. In Russian, there is a proverb for this situation: “Where do we go from the submarine?” The entire ruling class “was surrounded by deep water and no one could leave the boat”.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/russia/956037/can-vladimir-putin-be-toppled Can Vladimir Putin be overthrown?