Russia“Civil war is inevitable” – Putin’s agent expects a coup
Is Russia on the brink of chaos? The whistleblower from Russia’s domestic intelligence service (FSB), whose emails were leaked, is warning of an impending civil war.
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Leaked emails from FSB agents warn of civil war in Russia.
Yevgeny Prigoshchin, head of the Wagner mercenary group, is said to be preparing a bloody coup.
Agents fear Russia will descend into “total chaos”.
Writing regular messages to exiled Russian dissident Vladimir Osechkin, the agent nicknamed “Wind of Change” reveals anger and discontent inside the Russian intelligence service (FSB) over the war that began with Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine. Osechkin is a Russian human rights activist who runs the anti-corruption website Gulagu.net.
The emails were provided to Newsweek by Igor Sushko, executive director of the Wind of Change Research Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. Sushko translated the correspondence from Russian into English.
Russia plunges into “terror”.
Previous FSB letters written by the same informant and published by Osechkin were analyzed by FSB expert Christo Grozev. He said he showed the emails to two FSB officers who “had no doubt they were written by a colleague”.
The agent’s latest emails from November describe civil unrest and conflict in the Kremlin. An “inevitable” civil war is predicted – Russia will soon “descend into the abyss of terror” as the people grow weary of war.
Prigozhin and Kadyrov as a threat to Putin
The whistleblower focuses on Yevgeny PrigoshchinPutin’s ally and founder of the Wagner mercenary group and Chechen leader Ramsan Kadyrov. Both Prigozhin and Kadyrov have consistently criticized the way Putin’s war against Ukraine is being waged and appear to be partly supportive of each other, suggesting that cracks may be forming in the Kremlin. The American think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) also concluded in late October that Prigozhin and his military group “may pose a threat to Putin’s government.” However, the FSB agent said that in Russia “there is no model of a ‘simple transfer of power.’
“There is no way to change everything in Russia so that the country functions as a whole and does not fall into the abyss of terror,” the email reads, describing how the country’s civil war would play out.
Prigozhin cannot be simply suppressed
“In the beginning it could have been a random riot with nothing more than looting and chaotic skirmishes between all involved. I will try to explain: the struggle of the security agencies against the structures of Prigozhin, a real war against each other, is bad, but generally unavoidable,” the agent writes. “Or there will be fights between regions to share resources. Or a scramble between different forces for control of regions or parts of a country.’
But the country could also descend into total chaos: the informant suggested that if the Kremlin posed a threat to Putin’s rule, it would not be easy to suppress Prigozhin. “And when the particularly ‘smart’ managers of the FSB ignore Prigozhin as a foreign system and say that we have a structure that can neutralize him if necessary, this is nonsense.”
“We could lose control of the country”
In an even more urgent email dated November 8, FSB informant Osechkin warned that Prigozhin was preparing brigades for “domestic Russian terror” amid a spate of protests and unrest in several regions of Russia over reports of fierce fighting in Ukraine in which more than 1,000 Russians had been killed. within three days.
“If everything goes according to Prigozhin’s scenario, we will lose control and the country,” she concluded.
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