Vladimir Putin is the target of the whole world as well as his loved ones. However, it is a different matter that ‘your’ cannot open mouth against them. But it is feared that there may be a coup in Russia. In such a situation, who will take over the throne of Putin, this is the biggest question.
The whole world is shocked by Vladimir Putin’s decision to attack Ukraine (Ukraine Invasion by Russia) and then to alert the Western countries with their Nuclear Weapon Alert. As much as other countries like America are surprised by this move of the Russian President, so are their own people. They also do not understand what has happened to Putin. Russia is paying the price for this decision of Putin. There has been a barrage of restrictions on this. In such a situation, it is also being feared that there may be a coup in Russia.
Changes possible due to restrictions?
According to the report of ‘Daily Mail’, Russia is being criticized all over the world. He is facing strict economic sanctions, which will have a direct impact on his economy. In such a situation, it is possible that a campaign against Putin may start in Russia and he may be ousted from power. It is reported that the Russian army is also surprised by the decision of its President regarding nuclear weapons. If there is indeed a coup in Russia, who will succeed Putin is the biggest question.
Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu
Sergei Shoigu is the second most popular Russian politician after Vladimir Putin. He played a key role in the Russian campaign to attack Ukraine. Shoigu had no experience in defense, yet he was given the command of the Ministry of Defense in 2012. Some reports say that Shoigu is considered Russia’s greatest military leader since General George Zhukov, who defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. He is said to be more pragmatic than Putin and it is also believed that he can deal with Western countries better.
Nikolai Patrushev (Secretary of the Security Council)
Patrushev (Nikolai Patrushev) is the former head of the FSB i.e. Federal Security Service of Russia. Patrushev, the Secretary of the Security Council, is said to have a similar approach to that of Vladimir Putin. When he was the head of the FSB, a UK investigation found that Patrushev had executed Alexander Litvinenko, a former agent who had shown resentment towards Russia, on UK soil in 2006. Litvinenko was poisoned. Tolz-Zilitinkevic, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester, says that it is not right for a person like Nikolai Patrushev to sit in the presidential chair, but its possibility cannot be ruled out.
Valery Gerasimov (Army Chief)
Valery Gerasimov has been the head of the Russian army since 2012. He is a strategist who created the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’ which combines economic, cultural, informational and military strategy to achieve strategic goals for Russia. This includes controversial steps taken by Russia in the last two decades. Such as interference in the US presidential election in 2016 and Russia’s successful bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Professor Tolz-Zilitinkevic says that if the military coups, Valery Gerasimov could appear in a bigger role. However, at present, the army remains more under the control of political leadership, so unless efforts are made at that level, it is difficult for the army to move forward alone.
Dmitry Medvedev (Vice President and former President of the Security Council)
Dmitry Medvedev was the President of Russia between 2008 and 2012 after Vladimir Putin’s second term ended and now holds the post of Deputy Chairman of the Security Council. The St. Petersburg-born lawyer was chosen on a promise to make Putin his prime minister, which he quickly fulfilled. When Putin took power again in 2012, he appointed Medvedev as prime minister. Therefore, Medvedev can be seen as an alternative to Putin. But Tolz-Zilitinkevic feels that this will be a weak option.