Kremlin experts predicted
“All of Russia will soon hate Putin”
The defeat in Kherson increases domestic pressure on Putin. A long-time expert on the Kremlin is sure: the Russian ruler will not hold his position for much longer.
Kherson is celebrating: After eight months, the city was recaptured by Ukraine.
Jenny WagnerNews editor
The liberation of Kherson puts a lot of pressure on you: Russian President Vladimir Putin, 70, is doing his best to portray the withdrawal from the captured city as an act of military realignment. Kremlin expert Andrei Piontkowski (82), on the other hand, is convinced that Putin can no longer get his head out of the loop. Because after this debacle, even those who stood behind him before would turn against him.
Piontkowski is a scientist and journalist who headed the Moscow think tank Center for Strategic Studies. Now he is sure that the withdrawal from Kherson means Putin’s downfall. In an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel Freedom, he says: “Now it is clear to every Russian citizen that Russia is losing the war.” Even if the majority of people supported the “special operation” – now these decisions would lead to “shock processes” in the minds of the people.
This has domestic political implications. According to Piontkowski’s predictions, the Russian population is increasingly divided into two camps. Some hated Putin from the beginning of the invasion because he started an unnecessary war. Those who believe his imperialist propaganda will hate him because he is losing. From Piontkowski’s point of view, both camps are united by enormous anger at the head of the Kremlin. “Now he must choose whose hatred is more dangerous to him.
“You won’t survive long in a situation like this”
Time and time again, despite defeats, Putin has been able to convince his critics and find other scapegoats for mistakes. For example, it was the top military chiefs in Russia who brought the bad news from Kherson to the public on television – and not the head of the Kremlin. But Putin’s former allies, Piontkowski says, are increasingly asking the question: “Who is to blame? What’s the point of war anyway?”
The Kremlin expert has no doubts about the answers to these questions: “Soon, all citizens will hate Putin,” Pionkowski clarifies. The Russian president maneuvered himself into a hopeless situation. “You won’t survive long in a situation like this.
According to Piontkowski, the partial mobilization was a mistake. “25 million Russian conscripts can be thrown into a meat grinder,” the expert said. In doing so, he lost the trust of many citizens.