The Dangers of a Russian Coup - Moderate Putin out- Radicals In?

As I pen this piece, NATO troops are amassing on Russia’s borders according to aired reports.  

Despite European objections to further provocation of Russia, and by extension the threat of conflagration in the region, troops under the auspices of the US-backed NATO march-on, impervious to the concerns of their so-called western European alliance, and committed to their agenda of Yankee imperialism.

With a British spokesman recently declaring Russia a security threat to the nation; and so providing the pretext in support of any US action, including a military one. 

As the US is abetted by its lapdog and side-kick, the United Kingdom, this appears to be an Anglo American effort in the main, determined to preserve their interests on the Eurasian continent.   

Considering the significant increase in NATO military bases in Europe since the end of the cold war, the organization probably asks this question without a hint of irony; why is Russia situated so-close to our bases? 

Many people regard Vladimir Putin as an old communist reactionary and ex-KGB operative who stands ready to re-colonize the former satellite states and conquer Europe as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

 The reality on the ground is that Putin is a moderate when compared with others across Russia’s political spectrum and is being pushed into a corner, even moderates have their limits.  

The past few days’ rumours have been rife on social media, and now mainstream media, of Putin’s demise prompted by his failure to turn up on an official visit to Kazakhstan. Other official engagements were also cancelled and it has been claimed that he hasn’t been seen in public for eight days.  

What is really going on here? Of course rumours do circulate and proliferate on the internet, and sometimes they’re deliberately started to serve as a distraction for the ‘chattering classes’ by the-powers-that-be.  Let’s take the idiom-”there’s no smoke without fire” into consideration in this instance.    

Of course if there‘s a coup the West would prefer either Prime Minister and former President, Dmitriy Medvedev, or Defence Minister  Sergey Shoygu, as Putin’s replacement but it could just as easily move in the opposite direction resulting in a more radical  administration.

Ukraine’s Mirror Weekly cites former presidential advisor, Audrey Illarionov, saying that in a few days the resignation of Putin will be announced, and a consortium of military officers and security forces led by the head of the presidential administration, Sergey Ivanov, will take over the reins of government.   

Illarionov concludes the reason for this being that Putin has lost financial and military support.

He also states that intelligence agencies of the Russian Federation are part of this consortium.

Russia watchers Michael Caputo and Tom Nichols declare that if hardliners win, Russian nukes could wind up pointed at the world’s major cities.

In the light of joint- NATO military exercises taking place in Ukraine and Poland this week, the scenario of a Russian military coup does not seem as absurd as when viewed in isolation.

Or maybe Putin is just taking time off from his official functions to review options with the Russian military as the war rhetoric from all quarters, in addition to the actions of NATO accelerates.


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