UKRAINIAN intelligence has claimed that members of the Russian elite are planning to poison Vladimir Putin.
The Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine has said that “a group of influential” Kremlin insiders have been plotting to oust Putin.
The goal of the “Russian elite” is to supposedly remove the president from power as soon as possible before restoring economic ties with the West.
According to the brief, the Ukrainian intelligence service also claims that a successor to Putin has already been lined up in the shape of FSB director Oleksandr Bortnikov, reports The Mirror.
Powerful insiders are allegedly dismayed at the ramifications of the war and the sanctions imposed on the Russian economy.
The Chief Directorate of Intelligence said: “It is known that Bortnikov and some other influential representatives of the Russian elite are considering various options to remove Putin from power.
“In particular, poisoning, sudden disease, or any other ‘coincidence’ is not excluded.”
Bortnikov, 70, is a close ally of Putin and the two men climbed the ladder up Russian society together.
They both served on the KGB in Leningrad, before Bortnikov took over the rebranded security agency.
An in-depth investigation by the Dossier Centre claims that Bortnikov’s FSB is both the brain and the heart of the Putin regime, a “state within the state”.
Russian top brass ‘plan to POISON Vladimir Putin and have chosen his successor according to Ukrainian intelligence’Russian top brass ‘plan to POISON Vladimir Putin and have chosen his successor according to Ukrainian intelligence’