Vladimir Putin’s potential orders to attack the West could be ignored by his top commanders due to his ailing health, expert says.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, experts have suggested Putin is gravely ill and exhibiting signs of Parkinson’s after the was seen stumbling while walking, shaking his hand uncontrollably, and clutching to the table for support while sitting.
Christo Grozev, a Russian affairs expert, has now spoken out about the situation in Kremlin and suggested that the President’s top commanders might begin disobeying his orders after seeing him ill.
Though Putin has put Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert shortly after invading Ukraine, Grozev believes it is unlikely Putin’s subordinates would be willing to strike the West should the president order so.
“I can’t speak without information, but we know that oligarchs from his closest circle claim [that Putin is sick],” he explained.
“We also know that the Lubyanka [FSB secret service] sent a letter about a month ago to all regional FSB chiefs. It said: ‘If you hear about him having a very serious illness, we insist you do not pay attention.’”
Grozev added: “I think it doesn’t matter that much if he is dying or gravely ill, what matters is people around him think so. This changes the formula, this is a factor in deciding just how loyal people feel they should be to him.
“I believe this factor – that people close to him think that he is not all right health-wise – diminishes the risk of them obeying his order to kill foes, like they did in the past.”
While nothing can be sure, Grozev suggested Putin’s top commanders would likely disobey his nuclear orders should the president decide to wage war on the West.
“The same reason makes it unlikely that someone will press the nuclear button, with the understanding that if he is gone in three or six months, who will protect them from a trial in Nuremberg?” he concluded.
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