According to Rebekah Koffler, Vladimir Putin’s alleged deputy, who could take over Russia if the president is forced to step down temporarily, “could be worse.”
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Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man, reportedly ready to temporarily take over Russia, “might be even worse than his master,” claims one expert.
Nikolai Patrushev is said to have had a two-hour “heart-to-heart” with the Kremlin leader in recent days amid speculation he is about to, or has recently had, cancer surgery.
Unconfirmed speculation suggests that Putin may be forced to temporarily step down from power to recover from the alleged operation.
And he is understood to have made it clear that Security Council aide and secretary Patrushev is the one he is hiring to cover for him.
Putin delivered a speech at Monday morning’s Victory Day parade amid rumors about his health circulating.
He was coughing and was later seen sitting with a blanket over his legs despite the mild temperatures and bright sun as he watched military personnel march by – not exactly the indestructible strongman he likes to portray himself as.
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Rebekah Koffler, a former DIA intelligence officer, said Patrushev is the “most influential person in the Kremlin bureaucracy” and the “only person” who trusts Putin.
The author of Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America went on to say that they both came from the same tribe of Chekists – a term referring to the powerful secret police force in the USSR.
Ms Koffler said Patrushev “rivals Putin as a villain”.
writing for them New York Postshe said: “Both men probably authorized the poisoning and killing of many Russian ‘enemies’.”
She explained some believe the two FSB officers ordered apartment buildings in Moscow to be bombed, killing up to 300 civilians in 1999.
This was allegedly done to frame Chechen terrorists and provide a pretext for a war against Chechnya.
By the following March, Putin’s popularity was such that he secured the presidency.
Alexander Litvinenko accused Putin and Patrushev of orchestrating the bombings and was poisoned by the radioactive chemical polonium-210.
The assassination was described by British Supreme Court Justice Robert Owen as “probably sanctioned by President Putin and his FSB chief Patrushev”.
As head of the FSB, Patrushev led a counter-terrorism program that called for the “liquidation of the leaders of the Chechen separatist movement.”
Patrushev ordered FSB staff to track down and eliminate Chechen fighters, including Shamil Basayev in July 2006 and Aslan Maskhadov in March 2005, Ms Koffler says.
Ms Koffler said Patrushev was also a “rabid anti-American propagandist” who recently accused the US of nuclear bombing Ukraine and blamed it on Russia.
“There’s an old Russian proverb. Literally translated it means ‘two boots make a pair’. And Putin and Patrushev are a perfect match,” she added.
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